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Court claims Mexican drug cartel used eBay to buy parts for grenade launchers, rifles and machine guns

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Photo credit: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Photo credit: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Photo credit: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

One of Mexico's most feared drug cartels used eBay to buy parts for grenade launchers, rifles and machine guns, it has been claimed.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel made more than 300 military purchases on the site over a two year period, it is claimed.

According to Mexican news outlet Milenio, the FBI and DEA uncovered the operation after tracing the activities of two brothers.

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Photo credit: Drug Enforcement Agency

Photo credit: Drug Enforcement Agency

Photo credit: Drug Enforcement Agency


The court document claim the Cartel assigned two of its agents to arrange the purchases which were made through 50 PayPal accounts.

The men then successfully bought on at least $2,000 worth of equipment which were mailed to LA.

The military equipment was then delivered by a cargo company to the western state of Jalisco, and then forwarded on to two addresses in the cities of Zapopan and Guadalajara.

The FBI and DEA investigation also found that the siblings purchased scopes for rifles and machine guns, night vision goggles, laser lights, bulletproof vests and microphones and cameras for surveillance purposes.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) ruled by Nemesio "El Mencho" Oseguera Cervantes is considered Mexico's most violent narco-gang.

Mexican authorities estimate the gang oversaw one-third of all drugs smuggled into the United States.

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