The United States, and more specifically the Homeland Security Investigation announced a huge crackdown on illegal gun trafficking to the Caribbean and Haiti.
On Wednesday, HSI stated their intentions to curb the recent increase of weapons, weapons parts and ammunition trafficking.
“Today we make it very clear that the United States, and in particular south Florida, is not open for business regarding the illegal trafficking of weapons,” said HSI special agent Anthony Salisbury.
According to Salisbury, there has been a significant increase in trafficking of Caliber and sniper type weapons. Recent stats showed a growing interest in .50 caliber sniper rifles, 308 rifles, and a belt-fed machine gun.
“In the wrong hands, these weapons could cause mass casualties.” Said Salisbury. Because of this, HIS and counterparts within DHS, Department of Commerce, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), Miami Dade Police Department (MDPD), and the US Attorney for Southern District of Florida are vigorously pursuing this issue and implementing countermeasures,”
The measures include more strict inspections of US export shipments foreign customs officials and police to target shipments and individuals that may be engaged in smuggling