More than 7 million rounds of ammo were stolen from two trailers in Mexico while en route to the U.S., American Military News reported Tuesday.
Armed robbers suspected to have ties to the Mexican cartel stole what was reported to have been small-caliber ammunition valued at over $2.7 million.
The hijacking and robbery took place in Guanajuato. The drivers of the two shipments were later found alive, according to reports.
The rounds, manufactured in Cuernavaca in the Mexican state of Moreles by Technos Industries, are sold in the U.S. under the brand name Aguila, American Military News said.
Millions of rounds worth millions of dollars
The robbery was first reported by Mexican media outlet Milenio, which said the bulk of the ammo stolen was in the caliber .22LR. About 5 million of the rounds were of the high-velocity variety, valued at approximately 46 million pesos, or $2.28 million.
The rest was also said to have been pistol ammo, including around 295,000 .40 S&W rounds valued at more than 2.5 million pesos, or $124,000.
Seeming to confirm Milenio’s reporting, the Associated Press revealed that a company representative for Technos Industries had said roughly 98.5% of the shipment had been .22 caliber rounds. It’s surprising, given that the Mexican cartels generally have little use for such a small caliber of bullet.
“These will be of no use to them, given that they don’t use these weapons,” Juan Ibarrola, a security analyst who also serves as a spokesman for the ammunition manufacturer, explained to the AP.
Still, the AP noted that Mexican authorities have increasingly been catching people utilizing small, improvised “pen” guns that, as the name implies, are single-shot .22 caliber weapons disguised as an ordinary pen.
The cartels may also opt to sell the ammunition on the black market, an endeavor that may be particularly profitable as ammo is in short supply in the U.S.
Unfortunately, given the indisputably corrupt nature of the Mexican state, it is doubtful that anybody will be held accountable for this hijacking and robbery.
We can only hope that future ammo shipments north to the U.S. from the Mexican manufacturer are guarded a little bit better.