Mexican officers arrested at Phoenix gun show
Sept. 12, 2007 02:55 PM
Three high-ranking Mexican police officers face possible federal charges after being accused of buying weapons and ammo at a Phoenix gun show.
Spokesman Tom Mangan of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it's illegal for non-citizens to purchase firearms.
He says the three arrested men included the director of the Baja California state police and a commander of the federal police in Baja California.
Mangan says the three men had driven to Phoenix in an official police vehicle. He says they were arrested by Phoenix police and ATF agents after buying three handguns and about 450 rounds of ammunition Saturday from a private seller at the gun show.
Mangan says it appears the men were buying the handguns for their personal use.
Two of the men posted $2,000 bond each and were released from jail, while the third was released on his own recognizance.
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