As we reported last week, evidence is mounting that many of the illegal firearms finding their way to Mexican drug cartels are originating not in the U.S., but rather from surplus military sources in Central America.
This week, an IHS Global Insight Daily Analysis article offered further evidence of the trend.
According to the article, General Douglas Fraser, in testimony before the U.S. Senate, claimed that Mexican drug cartels are sourcing weaponry from military arsenals left over from Central American civil wars and conflicts. Fraser testified that more than 50 percent of military-grade weaponry flowing through the region originated from Central American arsenals, with the total quantity in circulation estimated at between 45 million and 80 million firearms.
The article went on to note that Admiral James Winnefeld, commander of the Northern Command, declared that firearms were coming into Mexico from other parts of Latin America, with certain types of weaponry originating south of Mexico.
As the article points out, the flow of arms from Mexico’s southern border casts significant doubt on the current assertion by Mexican authorities (and some in the Obama administration) that 80-90 percent of illegal firearms making their way into Mexico come from the U.S.