Mexico’s attorney general has asked the United States to extradite six people suspected of providing guns to drug cartels in Mexico.
“As a sovereign state, Mexico has the freedom to punish those who violate its law by introducing weapons on its territory,” Marisela Morales told Congress Wednesday.
The extradition requests concern three citizens or residents of California and three others in Texas, Morales said.
Two other US citizens were under investigation in Mexico on similar charges.
Mexico has long criticized the role of US-bought weapons in its raging drug violence, which has left some 45,000 dead since 2006.
The extradition request came amid anger in Mexico over a US operation called “Fast and Furious” under which US officials followed suspect buyers of guns heading to Mexico instead of immediately arresting them, between 2009 and 2010.
According to a US congressional report in July, an estimated 2,000 weapons smuggled into Mexico in the operation have been linked to violence and killings, including that of a US federal agent.
This article was published by the Times of Oman on November 17, 2011.
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