CNNJUAREZ, Mexico — A deadly trade is occurring along the U.S. border with Mexico, federal officials say -- a flood of guns, heading south, used by drug thugs to kill Mexican cops.
In Mexico, guns are difficult to purchase legally. So, officials say, weapons easily purchased in the United States are turning up there.
"The same routes that are being used to traffic drugs north — and the same organizations that have control over those routes — are the same organizations that bring the money and the cash proceeds south as well as the guns and the ammunition," says Bill Newell, a special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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