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Mexico Accuses U.S. Of Lack Of Support To Stop Gun Smuggling

MEXICO CITY — According to the Mexican government, the U.S. is not fully cooperating to stop gun trafficking. Mexico is also accusing the former U.S. ambassador of providing false information. An estimated 70% of guns used for crime in Mexico come from the U.S. — and many of them from Arizona.

During an online event from the Mexican Consulate in Tucson and the University of Arizona, the chief of Office of Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Fabián Medina, said they are not getting the expected support from the U.S. government.

"Lots and lots of ammunition crosses into Mexico through Nogales," Medina said.

He said weapons are also easily crossing through other border towns since the U.S. is not reinforcing operations.

Medina said Mexico has requested the U.S. to mirror their operations in 13 Mexican border cities, in which they are using nonintrusive technology to detect smugglers.

The diplomat also said that the former U.S. ambassador, Christopher Landau, lied when he said weeks ago that Mexico had rejected tech support from the U.S. to face this matter.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.