Three Mexicans guilty in trying to acquire an anti-aircraft missile and other weapons for the Sinaloa cartel; Update: Washington Times article adds more details

Posted on May 2, 2011


I hadn’t heard of this case before, but apparently it’s the result of a sting operation set up by the feds back in 2009.  I’m just so glad that we’ve got Secretary Napolitano’s assurance that the border is safer and more secure than ever.  Seriously though, who does she think she’s fooling? 

Here’s the story of the guilty verdicts via KTAR:

PHOENIX – A Mexican man who tried to buy an anti-aircraft missile and other military weapons for the Sinaloa drug cartel has pleaded guilty in federal court in Phoenix.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Monday that a Mexican woman who delivered 4-1/2 pounds of methamphetamine as partial payment for the deal also entered a guilty plea. A jury found a second man who delivered meth as payment guilty of drug distribution charges.

The convictions announced on Monday by U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke stem from a sting operation federal agents set up in 2009.

David Diaz-Sosa of Sinaloa arranged to buy a Stinger missile, anti-tank rockets and other weapons from federal agents posing as weapons dealers. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty last month and faces a mandatory 25-year prison term.

First, I’m certainly relieved that this was just a sting operation and the “bad guys” were apprehended.  More than likely than not, though,  these folks certainly aren’t higher-ups in the cartel’s echelons. So, in the overall scheme of things, their convictions will probably have a minimal curtailing effect on the cartel’s activities.

On a larger note, the fact that a drug cartel would attempt to purchase weapons like these is troubling.  It indicates just how far they are willing to escalate their fight against the Mexican government and anyone else who gets in their way.  

Additionally, given the possibilities of Al Qaeda members coming to Latin America, shouldn’t we be concerned that terrorists may be behind a push to get such weapons? After these weapons were acquired, they could be smuggled across our southern border with minimal trouble and used on targets here in the United States. 

What do you think?  Is this within the realm of possibility, or am I just talking crazy talk here?

UPDATE:

The Washington Times has come out with this piece today filling in some more of the details of the story.

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