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High-powered .50-caliber rifles can be purchased legally in most of the U.S. — and they keep showing up in the hands of cartel gunmen.

By Keegan Hamilton and Cathleen Caulderwood
Vice, August 20, 2020

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, led by fugitive kingpin Nemesio Oseguera Servantes (aka El Mencho), has been wreaking havoc across Mexico. And among U.S. law enforcement, there’s no doubt about where the cartel gets the majority of its firepower.

“It’s no secret,” Kyle Mori, the DEA special agent leading the hunt for El Mencho, told VICE News. “It’s undeniable that the majority of the weaponry that they have is obtained in the United States.”

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