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Mexico, U.S. and Canada agree to tighten firearm seizures

Mexico City, Mexico — As a result of the bilateral and trilateral meetings between Mexico, the United States and Canada, the three countries agreed to strengthen the electronic detection of firearms seized.

On Wednesday, the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) said the weapons of interest are the ones being used by criminal organizations. The three countries have also agreed to strengthen actions to cut supply chains and avoid drug trafficking and consumption.

The Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, made the announcement during the Wednesday morning Presidential press conference.

She explained that the efforts are also focused on affecting the economic capacity of criminal groups through the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and thus, keep track of illicit money.

She announced that the surveillance, inspection, supervision and control actions of ports and borders will be increased.

“The creation of a working group was established to prevent synthetic drug traffickers from using legitimately established commercial companies for their purposes, the regulation of cargo labeling and the transfer of chemical precursors is reinforced,” she explained.

In addition, she said, Mexico insisted that work continue to prevent the arrival of illegal weapons into the country.

“It became clear that 70 percent of the weapons seized in Mexico come from the United States and the rest from other countries, although thanks to bilateral actions within the framework of the Bicentennial Understanding, seizures have increased,” she said.

The secretary said that the work was carried out in an atmosphere of cooperation, trust and fraternity.

On Monday, the bilateral meeting with the United States was held, headed by the president of Mexico and by the White House National Security Adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

On Tuesday at the National Palace in Mexico, the Second Meeting of the Trilateral Fentanyl Committee was held with the delegation of the United States and Canada, headed by the National Intelligence and Security adviser, Jody Thomas, remotely, and in person with Deputy Deputy Minister of Public Safety Tricia Geddes.

Within this framework, the head of the Secretariat for Citizen Security and Protection (SSPC) gave an account of the agreements and talks held between the delegations of the three countries.

She said all three will work in a coordinated manner to curb the incidence of cross-border crimes and agreed that in terms of security “there is no border or territory for impunity.”

On the Mexican side, she explained, progress is being made in the strategy against the consumption and trafficking of fentanyl, precursors and chemical substances, since every day there are important results in seizures of synthetic drugs and destruction of clandestine laboratories.

“We explained that our priority is to achieve the pacification of the country. We are doing our homework. We are governed by the principles of Zero Corruption and Zero Impunity,” she pointed out.

Likewise, in Mexico, human traffickers who put the lives of migrants at risk are persecuted. The three countries will work permanently to provide results, since it is a humanitarian issue and universal brotherhood.