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7 Customs agents detained for weapons trafficking

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7 Customs agents of Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros and Reynosa detained for weapons trafficking


December 27th, 2018.
Source: http://valortamaulipeco.blogspot.com/2018/12/7-agentes-aduanales-de-nuevo.html

At the start of the new Government, the General Administration of Customs has criminally denounced 7 customs agents for the contraband of arms, cartridges and ammunition.



In an interview, the head of the Treasury Department, Ricardo Peralta, explained that the former employees, who were assigned to the customs of Nogales, Sonora, as well as Reynosa and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, were already made available to a judge by the PGR.

Without specifying dates, he explained that the former agents were surprised when they tried to modify the customs requests [and were discovered?]

"They claimed that it was electrical equipment in boxes transported in a pickup truck, and it turns out that there were thousands of Kalashnikov cartridges," he said.

"And that (the arrest) was thanks to the work of denunciation, to which the employees of the Customs of Mexico know that things are changing and that it is also necessary to promote the culture of denunciation".

For the legal specialist, the red lights in customs are in the International Airport of Mexico City, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros, in Tamaulipas; Tijuana, in Baja California; Pantaco, in CDMX, and Veracruz.

He indicated that in his administration the procedures will be reinforced in order to avoid the illegal entry of arms, money and "crooked" cars. In the case of the passage of "crooked" cars, the official warned that many of them are experienced in committing crimes of smuggling.

He said that the customs authority will begin a process of depuration of agents in the 49 accesses during this sexennium.

'Necessary to change'

The holder of the General Administration of Customs, Ricardo Peralta, considered necessary the modification of processes in regards to the porosity of some terminals, above all maritime.

Yesterday El Norte announced that in 2017 there were 57 events that violated security in eight of the country's main ports, according to a study by the World Maritime University of Sweden.

"In the case of violence and porosity that exists in some maritime customs, processes have to be changed," said Peralta.
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