Exporting Death to Mexico and Jamaica

22 Jun

6,500 People died in Mexico last year due to Drug Gang violence.

So far this year, things are on a pace to equal last year’s carnage.

By some estimates, nearly 90% of the high-tech weaponry , including Military Weapons – utilized by the Mexican Drug Cartels comes from guns shops in America, or are American weapons sold to Central American countries which have been purloined.

Captured Weapons Including Machine Guns and Gernade Launchers

Captured Weapons Including Machine Guns and Gernade Launchers

Now – the carnage is spreading to Jamaica – where US Guns shops are supplying 80% of the lethal weaponry.

Ships from Miami steam into Jamaica’s main harbor loaded with TV sets and blue jeans. But some of the most popular U.S. imports never appear on the manifests: handguns, rifles and bullets that stoke one of the world’s highest murder rates.

The volume is much less than the flow of U.S. guns into Mexico that end up in the hands of drug cartels — Jamaican authorities recover fewer than 1,000 firearms a year. But of those whose origin can be traced, 80 percent come from the U.S., Jamaican law enforcement officials have said in interviews with The Associated Press.

And as the Obama administration cracks down on smuggling into Mexico, Jamaicans fear even more firearms will reach the gangs whose turf wars plague the island of 2.8 million people.

“It’s going to push a lot of that trade back toward the Caribbean like it was back in the ’80s,” said Vance Callender, an attache at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

U.S. authorities are beginning to target the Jamaican gun-smuggling network as part of a broad effort to boost security in the Caribbean.

But they have a long way to go. Jamaican authorities have confiscated only 100 guns coming into ports in the last five years, along with 6,000 rounds of ammunition. That in turn is just a fraction of the 700 or so weapons confiscated on the streets each year.

Authorities know they’re only seeing “the tip of the iceberg,” said Mark Shields, Jamaica’s deputy police commissioner.

With arsenals to rival police firepower, the gangs are blamed for 90 percent of the homicides in Jamaica — 1,611 last year, about 10 times more than the U.S. rate, relative to population.

Unlike in Mexico, the vast majority of Jamaican guns seized are submitted for tracing. Jamaica and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives find most of the seized weapons come from three Florida counties — Orange, Dade and Broward — all with large Jamaican populations, according to Shields.

Ann Marie, 25, cries - she was paralyzed by a robber's bullet in violence torn Kingston, Jamaica. Food For The Poor staff photo by Benjamin Rusnak

Ann Marie, 25, cries - she was paralyzed by a robber's bullet in violence torn Kingston, Jamaica. Food For The Poor staff photo by Benjamin Rusnak

The old trilateral Slave Trade has indeed been replaced with “Guns for Ganja” and “Guns for Smack” with equally horrific results.


Posted by on June 22, 2009 in News


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6 responses to “Exporting Death to Mexico and Jamaica

  1. Yes

    June 22, 2009 at 5:35 PM


    The drug cartel situation in Mexico has been long standing problem with Latin America for decades. The situation will only get worser with the global economic situation and mexico’s unstable government. this is a great magazine.


  2. btx3

    June 22, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Mexico is in serious trouble because the lawlessness is beginning to impact one of their major industries – Tourism.

    Just this weekend in Acapulco a 4 hour gunfight left 18 dead.

    As if Mexican tourism needed more bad news, a weekend shootout left 18 gunmen and soldiers dead in Acapulco, the iconic if faded beach resort that has been working on a comeback.

    Roughly 3,000 shots were fired and 50 grenades were thrown, according to reports. Nine people were wounded, including three bystanders.

    The four-hour gunfight Saturday night took place in a seaside neighborhood of homes and cut-rate hotels, mainly frequented by Mexicans and several miles from the main strip of tourist complexes. Some guests reportedly were evacuated from nearby hotels, but no tourists were known to have been caught in the crossfire.

    The specter of Mexico’s drug war spilling into one of the country’s best-known resort spots is a fresh blow to a tourism industry hit hard by a flu outbreak and by previous worries about escalating drug-related violence…

    Soldiers later recovered 49 rifles and handguns, 13 grenades, two grenade launchers and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, the army said…

    Tourism Minister Rodolfo Elizondo said the downturn could cost Mexico 100,000 jobs and $4 billion this year.


  3. Yes

    June 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Another problem are the kidnappings. They are rampant in Latin America.

    Haveyou hear that S.C. Governor has invalid for the past few days from his family?


  4. btx3

    June 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    Yeah – He’s apparently in hiding. Should be an interesting explanation when he surfaces.


  5. brotherbrown

    June 23, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Perhaps we should talk about the ready availability of gu…nevermind.


  6. btx3

    June 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    It isn’t so much availability as type, BB. These Mexican Cartel guys have Grenades and Grenade launchers, and apparently LAW antitank weapons. Almost all of which is American Made military equipment. It doesn’t appear that they are getting most of that from the US – they appear to be getting the bulk of it from corrupt officials in their own, and Central American countries Armies.

    Things were bad enough when they were “only” armed with the stuff you could by at the Gun Shows with a wink-wink nod-nod – including 50 Cal rifles, which with the right ammunition (which isn’t a problem if you can get the other Military equipment) can defeat just about any armored vehicle in the Mexican Army short of a tank, as well at that in most armored limousines.

    Conversely, virtually all of the guns in Jamaica are being purchased from gun shops in 3 counties in the Florida.



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