More Women Involved in Arms Trafficking

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LOS ANGELES -- Mexican drug cartels' need for more weapons is leading them to recruit more women in the United States as part of their arms purchasing and trafficking networks, reports La Opinión. When authorities seized almost 300 guns en route to Mexico last week in their largest operation so far this year, government records indicate that most of the buyers were women between 21 and 49 years old.

"The demand is enormous and criminals are recruiting more women without criminal records to buy weapons for them, often using deception and in other cases they are fully aware that they are part of the network," said Helen Dunkel of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in San Francisco.