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Cooperation credited in arrest of alleged arms trafficker in Sonora

Federal prosecutors in Arizona are crediting international cooperation for the arrest this month of an alleged major gun-trafficker in Sonora by Mexican authorities.

Court records in a related U.S. case accuse five people of taking part in a firearm-smuggling mission that originated in Phoenix last year.

The U.S. Attorney for Arizona Gary Restaino told KJZZ News last year that he wanted to build on a foundation of working with Mexican prosecutors to take down crime bosses.

“Talking about the similarities in cases and working on the parallel ends of the organization really is a key thing,” said Restaino.

In a U.S case unsealed in December, the indictment for smuggling conspiracy names four of the five accused.

One has the same last name as Michel Bacasegua-Barriga, the alleged leader of a gun trafficking ring arrested in Mexico.

It is unclear if he is the anonymous defendant here.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.