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Gun Sales Tripled in the U.S. in Past 20 Years: ATF Report

By Steve Neavling

Gun sales have reached new highs in the U.S., according to a new ATF report

In 2020, American gunmakers manufactured 11.3 million guns, a three-fold increase over 2000.

The report comes several days after an 18-year-old opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo and killed 10 Black people and wounded three others in what authorities allege was a racially motivated shooting.

The ATF also found that the number of so-called ghost guns has soared. 

The Biden administration is trying to crack down on gun violence, but Republicans continue to block the appointment of a new ATF leader. 

Ex-Gulf Cartel Leader Extradited to U.S. to Stand Trial on Drug Charges

By Steve Neavling

The former leader of the Gulf Cartel in Mexico was extradited to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, the Justice Department announced Thursday. 

Mario Cardenas-Guillen, 57, a Mexican national, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. 

His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday. 

Between 2000 and 2012, Cardenas-Guillen allegedly conspired to possess more than five kilograms of cocaine with the intention of distributing it. 

“International sources of illegal drugs continue to poison our communities,” U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston said in a statement. “We will make every effort to combat this scourge, and that includes going to the origin of the drugs in foreign countries and arresting and prosecuting those who seek to make a profit off this blight that adversely affects so many in our society.”

Caredenas-Guillen faces between 10 years and life in prison if convicted.

The DEA investigated the case.  

“For decades, the Gulf Cartel has used intimidation and extreme violence to maintain control of its territories in northeast Mexico and smuggle deadly drugs into communities across the United States,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said. “The extradition of Mario Cardenas Guillen, the former leader of the Gulf Cartel, should send a clear message to the leaders of drug trafficking organizations around the world that no one is beyond the reach of the DEA and our law enforcement partners.”