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Hand grenades becoming key weapon in Mexican cartels' arsenals, say authorities
Fox News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 08/14/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT by jazusamo

Mexican drug cartels, whose trafficking efforts into the U.S. have grown bolder amid the border crisis, are increasingly utilizing a frightening weapon in their arsenal: the hand grenade.

Whether packed with explosives, hollowed out and filled with steel to give them authentic heft or even used to deliver handwritten death threats, grenades are turning up in greater frequency in encounters with suspected cartel members, according to law enforcement authorities and border experts. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed to FoxNews.com that they’ve seen a “trend increase” involving the devices along the entire southwest border, although details were not disclosed due to ongoing investigations.

“The reason you’re seeing so many more [grenades] this year is because much more heavily-armed drug shipments are coming into the United States,” said James Phelps, an assistant professor in the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice at Angelo State University in Texas. “With Border Patrol so heavily distracted doing paperwork and watching the mass flood of people coming into the country, they don’t have as much time to do what they used to do — drug interdiction.”

As a result, in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, just across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, bystanders can hear a grenade or two “go off every night,” Phelps told FoxNews.com. The devices, which sell for up to $500 on the Mexican black market, are primarily surplus military grenades obtained by cartels in Central America, where weapons from the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua remain readily available.

“The cartels buy them up in mass when they’re found, just like they do with the rest of their guns and artillery,” Phelps continued. “We’ve seen it all across Mexico and we’ve seen it in Central America. It’s not going to be long until we see it in our country.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; banglist; drugcartels; fastandfurious; handgrenades; illegals; immigration; marthasvinyard; marthsavinyard; massachusetts; mexico; obama; texas
Build the fence!
1 posted on 08/14/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
Build the fence!

Even better:

Buy the grenades!

2 posted on 08/14/2014 6:25:06 PM PDT by Lazamataz (First we beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them.)
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To: jazusamo

Despite what the media narrative says, most of Mexico’s illicit arms are either funneled from Central American governments or are imports from Asia — not that little things like facts stop leftist agitators in the left from trying to blame America’s guns for Mexico’s Chinese, Korean, and Mexican Army arms.


3 posted on 08/14/2014 6:28:44 PM PDT by jameslalor
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To: jazusamo; Chode; SgtBob; B4Ranch; All

A Public Service announcement brought to you by:

FAST AND FURIOUS...

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4 posted on 08/14/2014 6:30:56 PM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!! Once again dingy hairball, STFU!!! You corrupt POS!!!)
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To: jazusamo

The drug lords, otherwise known as Mexican businessmen, probably have representatives dealing with Holder’s people to establish good supply lines.


5 posted on 08/14/2014 6:33:17 PM PDT by pallis
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To: mabarker1

A Public Service announcement brought to you by:

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Beat me to it :-) Yes, must be official F&F grenades!!!


6 posted on 08/14/2014 6:37:33 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: jazusamo

Bad Bad News.

Agreed, build the fence or wall!


7 posted on 08/14/2014 6:38:22 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: jazusamo

In fact fast and furious did involve the authorities deliberately letting go back to Mexico a very major buyer and re-militarizer of DEWAT hand-grenades.

They have them cuz Barry WANTED them to have them.

Most of the rest they got from Guatemala and Venezuela, if memory serves.


8 posted on 08/14/2014 6:38:37 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican%E2%80%93American_War


9 posted on 08/14/2014 6:40:03 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: jazusamo

I hear the cartels are also buying up large quantities of horse shoes too.


10 posted on 08/14/2014 6:41:43 PM PDT by Redcitizen (Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things.)
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To: mabarker1
it's gonna get a LOT worse before it gets a little better
11 posted on 08/14/2014 6:46:25 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Lazamataz

Heard at a Tijuana fireworks store in the near future:

“Crate of M-67s?”
“Hey, just what you see, señor.”


12 posted on 08/14/2014 6:49:36 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: mabarker1; EagleUSA

Bump.


13 posted on 08/14/2014 6:54:37 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

14 posted on 08/14/2014 7:00:17 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
“The cartels buy them up in mass when they’re found, just like they do with the rest of their guns and artillery,

That fits into Holder's Fast and Furious scheme.

15 posted on 08/14/2014 7:02:36 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: jazusamo

Who do they think they are, American police SWAT Teams?


16 posted on 08/14/2014 7:04:25 PM PDT by sport
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To: jazusamo

It’s long past time to close the grenade show loophole.


17 posted on 08/14/2014 7:05:11 PM PDT by allblues (God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat but Satan is definitely a Democrat)
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To: jameslalor

Well, that makes sense given that such guns would likely be cheap.


18 posted on 08/14/2014 7:14:37 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: EagleUSA
Beat me to it :-) Yes, must be official F&F grenades!!!

You guys likely figure right. Holder did run or walk grenade bodies and parts to the Mexican cartels.

"Operation Grenade walker (also known as the Mexican Grenade Scandal) the “whistleblower” and journalist’s name for the DOJ incident whereby some 2000 components of bomb making equipment were deliberately allowed to “walk” to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. The first case on record was perpetrated by an individual by the name of Jean Batiste Kingery, who was arrested, and then inexplicably released by the BATFE on the orders of AG Holder’s DOJ at the Arizona-Mexico border, while in the act of successfully smuggling over one hundred grenade parts and other bomb making equipment into Mexico. "

Find or make explosive filler for the grenades then shazam!

And a article.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/grenade-walking-part-of-gunwalker-scandal/

19 posted on 08/14/2014 7:32:53 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: allblues
It’s long past time to close the grenade show loophole.

Only on high-capacity grenades that are painted black and scary looking.

20 posted on 08/14/2014 7:38:49 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: jazusamo

They get most of the hand grenades from US sporting goods stores. This is why we need tougher hand grenade laws.


21 posted on 08/14/2014 7:58:26 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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Rand Paul's immigration speech
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.

Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.

Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.

Let's start that conversation by acknowledging we aren't going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.

If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...

This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.

Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.
[Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg]
Rand Paul calls on conservatives to embrace immigration reform
Latinos, should be a natural constituency for the party, Paul argued, but "Republicans have pushed them away with harsh rhetoric over immigration." ...he would create a bipartisan panel to determine how many visas should be granted for workers already in the United States and those who might follow... [and the buried lead] "Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers...
[Posted on 04/21/2013 1:52:42 PM PDT by SoConPubbie]
[but he's not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]

22 posted on 08/14/2014 9:11:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks jazusamo. Instead, let’s talk about Ferguson.


23 posted on 08/14/2014 9:11:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo

How long before we hear of grenades being used by L.A. gangs?


24 posted on 08/14/2014 9:14:20 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: jazusamo

“Build the fence!”

Where are you going to put it?


25 posted on 08/15/2014 5:20:27 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: pallis

The Mexican govt has lost control of their northern states that border our country. baraq and holder are actively working to get kids in from Central America. Mexico facilitating this. So based on events, baraq and holder are working in concert with the Mexican govt and the cartels. The bad guys have LOTS of money and dimrats will take campaign funds from anyone, legal or not.

Remember ALGORE getting thousands of dollars from buddist monks who were sworn to a live of poverty? Clinton taking money from the Chicoms?


26 posted on 08/15/2014 6:32:04 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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