The government of Sinaloa asked the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) to provide high-caliber weapons in the fight against organized crime have seized from drug cartels.
“This request was sent to the Secretary of National Defense (Guillermo Galván Galván) to say that our soldiers were fixed to keep fighting, but they were asking that we authorize them to use equipment that has been seized that is in good condition.
“And they are also willing to be trained, because to use these weapons must have training,” said Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez.
According to the president of Sinaloa, the government claims that the Department of Defense as a loan given permission to use heavy weapons like assault rifles AK-47, known as goat horns and the antiaircraft gun calibre.50 Barrett, capable of piercing armoured structures.
The request, according to the governor, became a matter of urgency following the recent ambush that killed seven police state.
“The weapons they carry (the killers) and the armored cars they use makes them an easy winner, and I see that if we want our police forces to face them then we must have the same attitude as the offenders, it should be considered for (the) ability to equip and be in the same circumstance, “he argued Lopez Valdez.
He said that in his meeting with the head of the Department of Defense, he ordered a review of the weaponry that was seized and is in good condition to meet this request.
The president said his proposal is analyzed by the authorities of National Defense, based on the provision in the National Security System, “taking into account the achievements” in some areas against insecurity in Sinaloa.
The Department of Defense has a bunker in which preserves all the weapons seized, including the seized in operations against organized crime and that, following the processes involved are destroyed.
Baja California, Michoacan, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas and the City are places where it has been no major seizures of heavy weapons, mostly from the United States.
They request high-powered weapons Sedena
The governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez, raised with the Secretary of National Defense, Guillermo Galván Galván, who could deliver on loan to the state police AK 47 rifles and .50 caliber Barrett have been secured to the cells of organized crime.
“I went with this request to the Secretary of Defense to say that our elements were fixed to keep fighting, but they were asking that we authorize them to use equipment that has been seized is in good condition,” he said.
He stated that the staff of Sinaloa “is willing to comply with marking the National Public Security System in the assessment must also have and are willing to be trained to use these weapons because you have to have training.”
He said the proposal to receive on loan weapons ranging from rifles known as goat horns to Barrett .50 caliber.
Malova accepted after the criminals have more powerful weapons, had to seek permission to the Department of Defense to carry weapons with greater firepower.
“The weapons they carry and the armored car makes them all to win and today we see that if our police found an attitude of confronting offenders should be assessed and be able to equip them in the same circumstances.”
He said that in his meeting with the chief of the armed forces were instructed to revise the team that has been seized to be in good condition and can make this request.
This request was made a matter of urgency following the recent ambush in which seven policemen were killed by a group of at least 30 gunmen in the San Blas, El Fuerte.
The proposal, he added, will be analyzed by the authorities of the Department of Defense based on the provision in the National Security, taking on the basis of achievements in some categories of violence that occur in Sinaloa.
According to the official, his administration has been in three attacks on police convoys, two on Mexico Highway 15 and one on the San Blas, El Fuerte, killing 25 officers killed state.
The governor noted that buy weapons such as Barrett until the Secretary of Defense authorize and train members of the police.
In different applications for access to information, the Defense Secretariat said that the weapons are insured made available to federal authorities.
“This secretariat (National Defense) only made assurances in cases of flagrante delicto, as part of the permanent campaign against drug trafficking and in the implementation of the Federal Firearms and Explosives, making it immediately available to the insured competent public prosecutor, “he says.
The Army indicated by access to information that “the actions of this agency of the federal executive in public safety is only at the express request, grounds and reasons of (sic) the civil authorities of this activity and without replacing the functions . “
For this reason, military personnel cannot give information about the country of origin of the weapons, although seizures have participated in the military.
In 2011, the staff assigned to the Department of Defense 32 000 501 seized firearms, its official figures indicate.
Through IFAI, the defense says that in 2011 spent ten million euros on weapons and bullets.
With this resource, the Ministry of National Defense purchased 24 thousand guns and three million 290 thousand rounds of ammunition.
Information about the sizes used by the Army is considered as reserved.
Safeguard weapons in a bunker … and destroy
The Ministry of National Defense has a bunker in keeping the weapons seized to ciminales.
The Department of Defense said the store gets most of the weapons seized in seizures or clashes in the country and are then destroyed.
Much of the seized weapons from the United States was in a bunker, located in the capital, where there were AK 47 (called goat horn) assault rifles and grenades AR 15 different types and caliber Barrett rifles .50.
The states in which there has been greater seizure of these weapons are Baja California, Michoacan, Chihuahua, Coahuila,Tamaulipas, Mexico City.