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Where does Mexico really get its guns?

MEXICO CITY – Tucked inside a narrow wedge of a traditional open-air market is one of Mexico’s most dangerous black market operations. It’s known as the Tepito.

It’s a barrio where even the police mostly remain outside. Inside, it’s under the tightly controlled thumb of the Union de Tepito, otherwise known as the Union Cartel – one of the capital city’s most violent and well-financed criminal players. Cartel “hawks” – often children – are positioned in the entry to report on any unusual visitors inside the tented tunnel. Those inside worship the Mexican folklore legend Jesús Malverde, who steals from the rich to give to the poor. He’s the narco saint, the so-called patron saint of drug traffickers, the perceived “angel of the poor.”

But, from the pirated goods – including sex toys, endangered turtle eggs, counterfeit designer clothes, DVDs and drugs – to other lucrative enterprises including kidnapping and extortion, once trust is gained, one may be lured by a cartel operative into private homes or underground bunkers, which are scattered city-wide, to make a weapons purchase.

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The inventory boasts everything from low-caliber weapons, rifles, grenades, grenade launchers and 50-caliber rifles, with prices for basic handguns beginning at just $300 and going as high as $1,500 for an AR-15 and $3,000 for more advanced weapons systems, according to Mexican intelligence officials.

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A figure of folklore legend Jesús Malverde in Mexico City’s Tepito. (Hollie McKay/Fox News)

The Union Cartel started around 2010 as a small group dedicated to shielding the community from crime, with locals paying a fee for the added protection. But, over the years it has morphed into a large and violent criminal enterprise. Its main leaders, Roberto “El Betito” Mollado Esparza and David “El Pistache” García Ramirez, both were arrested last October but are believed to maintain their top-brass roles from behind bars. Local reports indicated the heavy-handed cartel started proactively recruiting both former and active policemen following the leaders’ arrests to defend the illicit sales and oversee extortion missions.

However, many people in Mexico have viewed the lack of gun-control measures in the United States as wreaking havoc on the violence in their country and enabling the illicit activities to rage.

“A lot of the violence in the U.S. is because of the drugs going in from Mexico, and a lot of the violence in Mexico is because of the guns coming from the U.S.,” one high-ranking former Mexican intelligence official told Fox News, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Many of the cartels in Mexico are being paid by counterparts in the U.S. not only with money but with guns.”

Some estimates – including a recent study published in Oxford’s Journal of Economic Geography – have pegged the number of guns crossing the U.S-Mexico border at over 200,000 annually.

The most recent available data compiled by the National Tracing Center for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) indicated that a total of 67,295 firearms recovered in Mexico between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2018, were determined to have been either manufactured in the U.S. or legally imported into the U.S., an average of 11,216 per year.

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One of the most dangerous pockets of Mexico City: Teptio, the primary-black market area, under the thumb of the Union Cartel. (Hollie McKay/Fox News)

Moreover, a total of 28,741 recovered weapons – an average of 4,790 annually – were classified as having an “undetermined” source.

Of all the recovered weapons, ATF documented that 51.1 percent were pistols, 13.6 percent were revolvers, 27.4 percent were rifles, 5.4 percent were shotguns and 2.5 percent were a combination of machine guns, destructive devices, derringers, tear-gas launchers, combination guns, flare guns, receivers/frames, silencers or any other “unknown” type.

Nonetheless, some law enforcement experts and analysts have concluded such figures represented only a small amount of the firearms rotating through the cartel-plagued country and argued that many more that Mexican officials have seized were not documented or traced.

And, the ATF itself became a contentious piece of that puzzle between 2009 and 2011 in what became known as “Operation Fast and Furious,” when the ATF’s Phoenix Field Division allowed illegal gun sales in order to track the sellers and purchasers who were believed to be linked to Mexican drug cartels. In 2010, two of the weapons issued in the operation turned up at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Last month, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard pushed back amid U.S pressure to curb the flood of migrants to the border, asserting that in turn, the U.S needed to “do much more” to stop firearms trafficking into Mexico.

Still, the notion of whether the U.S border wall would benefit Mexico – by helping block the illicit transfer of firearms – has been subject to debate.

Some supporters have said it would help stem the flow. “A wall would help both sides to monitor the people and contraband going back and forth,” said Derek Maltz, a former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Special Operations Division. “We want to create one option: going through the port of entry to help the limited resources screen the people and vehicle at the border.”

Lee Oughton, the managing partner and chief operating officer of the Mexico City-based Fortress risk-management company, concurred that while a wall would hardly solve the trafficking problem, it would serve as the “first line of defense” for both countries.

Meanwhile, multiple officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the wall would have little impact as many of the arms have been transferred through regular border crossings – via bribes issued to Mexican officials – or smuggled through drug tunnels.

According to Thomas Kilbride, a retired Department of Homeland Security agent and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy adviser, the general assumption has been that the guns got to Mexico from the U.S. predominantly by straw buyers working on behalf of gun-trafficking organizations – meaning the gun was bought illegally by someone on behalf of someone else, or from a private seller without a federal license.

“The parts are vastly hidden in vehicles in many pieces then reassembled in Mexico,” he noted.

Also, they’re routinely disguised inside other items such as goods and electronics.

The common estimation among officials has been that some 90 percent of guns in Mexico stemmed from the U.S., but such a figure would be ripe for dispute.

“I wouldn’t say that the number is that high. I would say that maybe it will be around 50 percent. The known modus operandi of weapons and money, for drugs, does happen as a transaction. But also, knowing some of the weapon systems available here in Mexico,” Oughton said, “it would suggest that they would be illegally manufactured here, and also [found] their way from other parts of Latin America, Eastern Europe… Russia and China. For me, it’s an impossibility and maybe a bit of political wrangling to lay the full blame at the USA’s door for supply and demand on guns.”

Other high-ranking officials also underscored that the majority of guns these days have been flowing not from the United States, but from the south.

“Most cartels buy in bulk, and the weapons are coming from places like Nicaragua and other South American countries. Also Asia and some from the Middle East,” a Tijuana-based police authority who requested anonymity explained. “And, another factor is the CNC machines making uppers in clandestine shops in Mexico.”

According to recent Fortress intelligence assessments, an increase in surveillance on Mexico’s northern border has meant criminal groups have had to open new arms-trafficking routes from Central America to the center of Mexico, especially into Tepito – making it the largest underground weapons distribution center in the country.

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Studies have indicated weapons have been moving increasingly from Colombia, Spain, and Pakistan – in addition to the United States – to be resold in the Tepito underground.

Mexico itself has had some of the most stringent gun-control measures in the broader region, which has largely fueled the sentiment in recent years that gun violence was a result of the United States’ Second Amendment and lax gun laws by comparison. Even though the right to bear arms has been protected by the Mexican Constitution, obtaining a weapon would be a difficult grind for the average person. The entire country has just one legal gun store, known as the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, which is located in Mexico City and operated by the military.

Anything more potent than a .38 caliber gun is prohibited, and customers must endure upwards of a six-month wait in their applications for permits as they undergo background checks. Those purchasing for “personal defense” would be allowed to own just one handgun. People in hunting clubs would be granted leeway to possess additional rifles. In all, fewer than 40 weapons are issued per day on average.

As a deterrent, illegal possession of a firearm, even small amounts of ammunition, could result in lengthy prison sentences.

Still, gun violence has continued to grip the country.

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For some critics, it’s an explicit example of tight gun-control policies failing their citizens as homicide rates rose – up 3.3 percent in the first eight months of 2019 compared to 2018 – while law-abiding citizens have been left to recoil in the face of illegal gun owners. Over 33,000 people were murdered in Mexico last year alone.

“Mexico is a horrifying example of what can happen to a people who are disarmed and left helpless to be preyed upon by armed criminals,” added Frank Miniter, the editor in chief of the NRA’s magazine America’s 1st Freedom. “Some Mexican citizens have tried, desperately and as a last resort, to band together with whatever weapons they can gather to protect themselves.”

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Nepal’s speaker of parliament resigns after government worker alleges he raped her in her home

Nepal’s speaker of parliament resigned Tuesday after he was accused of raping a government worker while he was drunk.

Krishna Bahadur Mahara, one of the country’s leading Communist Party leaders, stepped down and in his letter of resignation said he wants to make it easier for an independent and unbiased investigation into the allegation.

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A parliament staffer claimed Mahara raped her at her home on Sunday in Tinkune, according to The Himalayan Times. Mahara disputed the allegation, claiming the staffer was trying to get revenge on her for not helping her become a permanent employee in parliament.

“I told her that I cannot help her in that regard,” Mahara said. “She was angry with me for that and leveled the allegation of rape against me.”

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Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned on Tuesday after he was accused of raping a government employee in her home. (REUTERS/Etienne Oliveau/Pool)

Mahara was elected speaker of the House of Representatives last year after the Communist Party of Nepal won a majority of the seats in elections in November 2017.

Mahara was a leading figure of the Maoist rebels who fought a violent campaign against the government between 1996 and 2006. The Maoists entered United Nations-monitored peace talks in 2006, ending their armed revolt, and joined mainstream politics. Mahara played a key role in the peace talks with the government.

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He has served as deputy prime minister, information minister and home minister.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Taliban insurgents kill 11 police officers during attack on Afghan government building, officials say

A multi-pronged Taliban attack on a government building in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday has left at least 11 police officers dead, officials say.

The assault on the Shortepa district headquarters in Balkh province – which sparked a gunfight that lasted several hours — comes just days after the country held its presidential elections.

“Security situation is under control right now,” Munir Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told the Associated Press, adding that Afghan reinforcements have driven the Taliban from the area.

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Men line up outside a polling station in western neighborhood of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. Afghans headed to the polls that day to elect a new president amid high security and threats of violence from Taliban militants, who warned citizens to stay away from polling stations or risk being hurt. (AP)

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said insurgents had overrun the compound, but Farhad denied the claim.

Taliban insurgents are reportedly thought to have suffered an unknown number of casualties during the attack, while officials say 11 police officers were killed.

In a separate Taliban attack in eastern Ghazni province on Tuesday, at least three civilians were gunned down while traveling in a vehicle, according to the Associated Press.

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Last week, there were at least 68 attacks by the Taliban across the country during election day, most of them rockets fired from distant outposts. At least five people were killed in those incidents, the AP says, including one policeman, and many more were wounded.

Despite upgraded security, authorities said 431 polling stations stayed closed because it was impossible to guarantee their security since they were either in areas under Taliban control or in places where insurgents could threaten nearby villages. The Taliban still controls or holds sway over roughly half the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man outside UK Parliament is ‘rugby tackled’ after dousing himself in ‘flammable liquid,’ police say

A man was detained outside Britain’s Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning after dousing himself in what police say appeared to be a “flammable liquid.”

The individual, who has not been identified, is currently being treated by first responders. No injuries have been reported.

“Man next to me at Parliament’s carriage gates appears to have poured (what smells like) petrol on himself,” tweeted Parliament member Huw Merriman. “Incredibly brave response from police, who are now helping him.”

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Police in London have detained a man near the Houses of Parliament after he doused himself in what appeared to be flammable liquid. (AP)

The man apparently was “unhappy about a parking ticket in Essex,” a police officer at the scene told The Telegraph newspaper.

“He poured petrol on himself,” the officer added. “One of the lads rugby tackled him.”

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Additional information was not immediately available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iran sentences person to death for spying for the US, report says

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One person who was jailed along with two others for spying in Iran for the U.S. was sentenced to death on Tuesday in a ruling that has been appealed, reports said.

Reuters, citing the country’s judiciary website, reported that the two other men both received 10-year sentences.

In July, President Trump dismissed claims out of Iran alleging that authorities there had disrupted a CIA spy ring and sentenced several of the plotters to death — a development that threatened to further inflame an already precarious staredown between the Islamic Republic and the United States.

“The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth,” Trump tweeted at the time. “Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!”

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It was not immediately clear if the sentencing was related to the July report.

Fox News’  Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report

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Fire at Saudi high-speed rail station injures at least 5

At least five people were injured Sunday after a massive fire broke out at a high-speed rail station in Saudi Arabia, investigators said.

Plumes of dark smoke billowed out of the Haramain train station in the coastal city of Jeddah as crews tried extinguishing the blaze. The fire was first reported just after 12:30 p.m., Reuters noted.

Online videos showed people walking on the roof of the structure while helicopters hovered overhead. Around 16 medical teams were at the scene.

Five people were taken to hospitals with injuries, Reuters reported. It was not clear if the injuries were life-threatening.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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A helicopter spraying water on the fire at the Haramain high-speed rail station in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. (REUTERS/Ismail Nofal)

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The $7.3 billion station had opened last year, connecting Mecca and Medina, known as the holiest cities in Islam, with Jeddah.

The station was part of the Kingdom’s efforts — dubbed “Vision 2030” — to boost tourism as it shifted away from an oil-dependent economy.

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Migrants set fire to Greek refugee camp; at least one is killed, authorities say

Migrants crammed into an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos set fires on Sunday that killed at least one person, according to authorities.

A burned body was brought to a local hospital, and there was information about a second death, as yet unconfirmed, police said. The protesters were demanding to be transferred to the Greek mainland.

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Migrants and refugees stand next to burning house containers at the Moria refugee camp, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.  (InTime News via AP)

“The situation is tense,” Lesbos Mayor Stratis Kytelis told The Associated Press. “There is information about a dead mother and her child. We haven’t been able to confirm that yet.”

“We have learned with deep sadness that the lives of a woman and a child were lost in a fire on #Lesvos today,” tweeted UNHCR Greece. “We are ready to support those affected and authorities by all means possible.”

A police spokesman told AP that the migrants set fire at an olive grove outside the camp just before 5 p.m. and, minutes later, inside the camp. The fires were later extinguished, he said.

About 12,000 migrants – most of them Afghans – are housed in a space designed for 3,000.

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Earlier Sunday, Greek police arrested a 25-year-old Moldovan trafficker after a car carrying 12 Afghan migrants ran through a red light and crashed into a vehicle coming from a side street, killing its driver.

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One migrant was seriously injured and three others were slightly injured in the crash on a road between Kavala and Thessaloniki. Some of the migrants were found in the sedan’s trunk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Al-Shabab extremists attack US military base in Somalia: report

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Al-Shabab extremists on Monday staged an attack on a US military base in Somalia, which is used to launch drone strikes.

A Somali official told the Associated Press that a suicide car bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the gate of a military airstrip which is a base for U.S. and Somali forces.

Yusuf Abdourahman, a security official with the Lower Shabelle regional administration, told the news agency that a burst of gunfire could be heard across the base after the bombing.

The terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the report said.

The U.S. military uses Belidogle airstrip in the Lower Shabelle region as a base where it launches drones that attack al-Shabab and trains Somali troops.

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There are reports of a second attack on European Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Italian chef arrested on drug charges claimed he was ‘researching new flavors,’ reports say

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A famous Sicilian chef claimed he was just “researching new flavors” when Italian police arrested him on suspicion of drug dealing after finding cannabis in his home, local reports said Saturday.

Carmelo Chiaramonte had a pair of 6 ½-foot tall marijuana plants and 35 ounces of Indian hemp inside his home in the village of Tracastagni, at the foot of Mount Etna near Catania, BBC News reported, citing local media.

Police said they also found cannabis-infused wine, olives, coffee and tuna inside his home, the Italian daily La Sicilia reported.

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The 50-year-old TV chef reportedly denied the charges, telling police was searching for new ideas as a prolific “agro-food consultant for third-millennium cuisine.”

He has been released from police custody pending his trial, the paper reported.

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Chiaramonte, a chef at the Katane Palace Hotel in Catania, rose to fame as a host on an Italian culinary TV show.

One of his shows was called “Immoral Recipes and Aphrodisiac Foods,” according to reports.

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US airman stationed in Germany gets 5 years for recording women undress, shower in his house, report says

A U.S. airman stationed in Germany was sentenced by a court-martial Thursday to five years in jail for using hidden cameras in his off-base house to record women who were his guests bathing or undressing while he was away, according to a report.

Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Rogers told a general court-martial last week that he used cameras hidden in alarm clocks and smoke alarms to record the women in the bathroom or guest bedroom, Stars & Stripes reported.

The devices, which were connected to WiFi, were motion activated, allowing Rogers to watch the footage whether he was on base or on vacation, according to the outlet. Other footage was recorded directly on data cards which Rogers reportedly viewed on his laptop or phone.

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A U.S. airman stationed in Germany was sentenced to prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to indecent recording. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The illicit recordings took place between November 2015 and April 2018. A woman who’d been house-sitting for Rogers while he was on vacation discovered a hidden camera in the smoke detector while she was taking a shower, Stars & Stripes reported, adding that she later discovered a hidden camera in an alarm clock in the guest bedroom.

Air Force investigators confronted Rogers upon his return from vacation. Defense lawyers said Rogers admitted to secretly recording his guests and provided the names of other victims.

The women, who went unnamed in the report to protect their identities, testified in court that the experience traumatized them. One woman who worked with Rogers said she still checked for cameras, “even in my own house.”

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“I’ve searched my soul for answers,” Rogers told the court Thursday.

“I became obsessed with something unhealthy, something I knew was destructive, but I continued to do it.”

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Rogers pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent recording, a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

In addition, he received a dishonorable discharge and demotion.

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