A Roma woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for lying about her purchase of at least 25 military-style assault weapons that made their way into the hands of the Gulf Cartel.
One of the firearms — which federal prosecutors say she bought for a man she knew only as “El Mano” — has since been linked to the torture and execution of a retired Mexican general earlier this year.
“I didn’t know what they would be used for,” 44-year-old Mireya Rivera Juarez said in Spanish at her sentencing hearing Thursday. “This is my first time in jail. I’ve always been hardworking.”
The motherly, 5-foot woman with a courtroom full of children and family members looked like an unlikely accomplice in Mexico’s ongoing drug war — which has contributed to the deaths of more than 11,000 since late 2006.
Why don't they arrest El Mano or some of the so-called legitimate gun dealers who sold assault rifles to a "motherly, 5-foot" Mexican woman? It seems to me she's the least of the guilty in this deal.
One of the difficulties is that background checks which are supposedly done each time she bought a gun are destroyed almost immediately, according to law. Guess who lobbied for that law? Had those records been maintained a big red flag could have been available to law enforcement personnel. Lives would have been saved.
The best part of the article is the final line. I guess no one told The Monitor.
According to agency data, 90 percent of the traceable weapons used in Mexican drug violence originated in the United States.
What's your opinion? What do you think a law-abiding gun dealer thinks when a woman like this buys more than one assault rifle from him, when he fills out the paperwork for her background check for the second or third time? Do you think he realized exactly what she's up to and turns a blind eye? That's what I think?
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