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  • [suspenseful music]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: In my quest to expose how American guns are

  • trafficked throughout Mexico, I never expected

  • to be headed out to sea.

  • But as we move deeper into the waters,

  • these smugglers break down their operation.

  • The Sea of Cortez is over 700 miles long

  • but less than 100 miles wide.

  • That means these smugglers can make the crossing in less

  • than three hours, completely bypassing

  • the military checkpoints set up along Mexico's highways.

  • Right now, they say they're delivering

  • more and more guns to Sonora directly across the sea.

  • That's the same heavily contested

  • territory that Hector in Mexicali

  • is also sending guns to.

  • I think we're-- that's it.

  • I think we're going to that beach over there.

  • Oh, there were some guys there.

  • There are some guys actually waiting at the beach.

  • Or at least one guy that I see now.

  • And he's coming to greet the boat.

  • He's all dressed in black with a mask, as well.

  • Yeah, they're anchoring right there so this is it.

  • I'm told the man in black is another buyer from Sonora.

  • [suspenseful music]

  • Hola.

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: A month.

  • [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: 50 calibers, RPGs.

  • [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: None of this sounds like arming

  • a criminal organization.

  • They're arming for war.

  • [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • [upbeat music]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: I'm told the buyer is

  • from an affiliated cartel fighting

  • to regain territory in Sonora.

  • He's picking up a fresh order, including a pair of customized

  • handguns for rich narcos who don't just want a weapon,

  • they want to make a statement.

  • Sales like this are common for these smugglers.

  • The market for American assault rifles is exploding.

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [bleep] So they had 200 AK-47s

  • [speaking spanish] which is what they call them here,

  • come through here, San Felipe, in just one day last week.

  • [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: Here's where things get interesting.

  • Remember when I said that you never ask

  • what cartel someone belongs to?

  • I didn't.

  • This guy just decided to tell me that he works for one

  • of the fastest growing mafias in Mexico, the Jalisco

  • Cartel, also known as CJNG.

  • MAN: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: The organization is only about 10

  • years old, but aggressive maneuvers

  • and terrifying ISIS-style executions

  • have helped them dominate underworld

  • markets across Mexico, becoming the Sinaloa

  • Cartel's biggest rival.

  • And the kingpin of these violent upstarts,

  • perhaps the most dangerous drug lord in the world,

  • is known as El Mencho.

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

  • MARIANA VAN ZELLER: [speaking spanish]

  • CARTEL MEMBER: [speaking spanish]

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How Do Cartels Get Their Weapons? | Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/08
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