posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 08:32 PM
The alleged leader of a firearms trafficking network believed to be smuggling guns into Mexico -- where police say they are used against law
enforcement officers by members of Mexican drug cartels -- was arrested Thursday in Arizona, authorities said.
Victor Varela was arrested by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of the agency's ongoing Project Gunrunner,
according to an ATF release. He was in the custody of the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff.
"Law enforcement officers disrupted a group of gun traffickers and recovered several weapons, including .50-caliber semiautomatic rifles and several
handguns, allegedly intended to supply drug traffic organization members of the Juarez Cartel in Palomas, Mexico," the statement said