The first Mexican (via elpasotimes.com) works for a drug cartel. “A pair of grenades were among weapons seized by Mexican federal police from a group of men possibly linked to the Juárez drug cartel, officials said. Police arrested five men after stopping three vehicles during street patrols Tuesday in Juárez. Inside one of the vehicles was a suitcase that contained two AK-47s, two 9mm handguns, two grenades, ammunition, 46 pounds of marijuana and 100 small packs of cocaine.” The second Mexican (pictured with his amigo above, via eldiariodesonora.com.mx) tries to defend himself from the cartels . . .
This is Siviri Sergio Alejandro Perez, aka “The Chejo” 18-year-old from Cienega de Horcones, and Rufino Alonso Rubio Ramírez, alias “El Poncho”, born in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
Arms being secured a .45 caliber rifle with 19 rounds of ammunition, a 22-caliber rifle with three rounds of ammunition, a 38 super pistol with seven rounds of ammunition and two 9 mm pistols with 15 rounds, all with their respective chargers.
The second story, complete with Checho’s assertion that he purchased the weapons to guard against death threats, illustrates an important overlooked aspect of Mexican guns: ammunition.
The Mexican government strictly rations ammo. The result: a drastic shortage for civilians. Drug cartels? Not so much. Which raises an interesting question: what’s the ammo smuggling situation vis a vis the so-called “Iron River” flowing south?