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(Apr 02, 2008) On March 12, 2008, State Attorneys General from the United States and Mexico announced a series of agreements aimed at eliminating the U.S.-Mexican border as a refuge for criminals on either side. The agreements were reached during a forum of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) of the United States and Mexico's National Conference of Attorneys General, held recently in Phoenix, Arizona.

The agreements call for information sharing and increased cooperation among law enforcement authorities in the two countries in four primary areas:

Arms Trafficking: Agreements were reached to broaden joint U.S.-Mexican undercover operations targeting illegal arms sales; expand registration of multiple gun sales of weapons such as AK-47s; and close loopholes in the regulation of U.S. gun shows.

Money Laundering: The Attorneys General of both countries agreed to hold regular meetings to analyze selected money transmissions from the United States to Mexico and other money-laundering-related evidence. They also will use legal procedures and investigative techniques developed in Arizona to help prosecute human traffickers in Mexico.

Drug Trafficking: The two sides agreed to develop pilot projects and other joint efforts to investigate drug trafficking on both sides of the border and to prosecute drug traffickers caught in Mexico with amounts of drugs that fall under current U.S. federal thresholds for the crime of drug trafficking.

Human Trafficking: The Attorneys General agreed to work together to plan and execute enforcement operations. They also agreed to systematize binational exchange of information on organized smuggling networks, witnesses' accounts, modes of operation, transmitters of funds, map routes, and other information.

(Press Release, Office of the Arizona Attorney General, U.S., Mexican Attorneys General Expand Agreements to Combat Border Crime,
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Author: Gustavo Guerra More by this author
Topic: International affairs More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Mexico More about this jurisdiction
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Last updated: 04/02/2008