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Mexico Begins Destroying Over 79,000 Seized Arms

Associated Press

26 August 2009

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The Mexican army and prosecutors announced Tuesday they have started destroying 79,074 firearms seized a decade or more ago. They will hold on to tens of thousands more weapons seized during the current offensive against drug cartels.

Authorities launched the program by destroying some weapons at a ceremony at a military base in Mexico City.

The weapons being destroyed have all been held at government warehouses for years. The Defense Department said it will retain a total of 35,372 firearms seized since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006, saying those guns are still evidence in criminal investigations.

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