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By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press Writer

PHOENIX (AP) -- Three high-ranking Mexican police officers were arrested over the weekend after for after they reportedly bought weapons at a gun show in Phoenix in violation of a law barring non-citizens from purchasing firearms, a federal official said Wednesday.

The three include the director of the Baja California state police and a commander of the federal police in Baja California, said Tom Mangan, a spokesman with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix.

The three had crossed the border at Calexico, Calif., in an official police vehicle and driven to Phoenix. They were arrested by Phoenix police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after buying three handguns and about 450 rounds of ammunition Saturday at the gun show, Mangan said.

He said it appeared the officers were buying the handguns for their personal use.

Phoenix police booked Carlos Alberto Flores, 36, the Baja California state police director, on state weapons misconduct and conspiracy charges, according to a Phoenix police report. State police Commander Guillermo Valle Medina, 33, was booked on the same felony charges, as was Jose Santos Cortes Gonzalez, 41, a commander in the federal police, the Mexican equivalent of the FBI.

Flores and Cortes posted $2,000 bond each and were released from jail, and Valle was released on his own recognizance, Mangan said.

A woman who answered the telephone in Flores' office in La Paz said he was still in charge but not in the office or available for comment. A spokeswoman for the state Office of Public Safety that oversee the police, Alejandra Borquez, said she was unaware of the incident.

Phoenix police, Mesa police and ICE agents running an enforcement program at the gun show overheard Gonzalez negotiating with a dealer for two guns, then watched as he bought them, according to the police report.

Officers followed Gonzalez and Flores back to their Chevrolet Suburban, which was armored and equipped with bulletproof windows. They went back inside, met up with Valle, and continued buying ammunition and gun supplies before leaving, according to the report.

Police stopped their vehicle after they left the gun show, searched it and found the three handguns and the ammunition, the police report said.

Mangan said Mexican officials have been pressuring U.S. officials to cut off the supply of weapons going south.

"It is ironic we are receiving a great deal of criticism regarding our efforts to stem the tide of illegal weapons, and then we have three law enforcement officers trying to buy weapons here," Mangan said.

Mangan said gun shows in Arizona can have a mix of federally licensed dealers and private citizens selling weapons. Licensed dealers must run check identification documents and run background checks, but private sellers operate without those rules.

The guns were bought from a private seller, he said.

- Associated Press reporter Olga Rodriguez in Mexico City contributed to this report.
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Three high-ranking Mexican police officers were arrested over the weekend after for after they reportedly bought weapons at a gun show in Phoenix in violation of a law barring non-citizens from purchasing firearms, a federal official said Wednesday.

Well, AFAIK, people with permanent resident visa actually CAN own firearms in the USA, don't they? So can any non-american visiting the US taking with himself his own firearm for hunting, shooting competition, etc.

Besides, two corrupt Mexican Police officers were trying to procure illegally firearms to run their dirty little traffics. Where's the big deal? Happens everyday south o' the border...
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Liberals have been making a big deal about American guns going to drug trafficers south of the border.I personally don't have a problem with this because for the most part its a scum killing another scum.
I love it when the scum in question turns out to be a high ranking offical..
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Default Re: 3 high ranking mexican police officer busted at Gun show in AZ

Boy they seized a few revolvers from some dirty cops. I'll sleep better tonight.
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