As part of the ongoing investigation into the DOJ-ATF Gun Smuggling Scandal that is the subject of official Senate and House inquiries, a component of the scheme has been discovered that took the matter in a different direction. Namely, the most dangerous of the Mexican drug cartels, the Zetas, are now operating within the United States, allegedly smuggling weapons into Mexico, and using land they purchased near Columbus, New Mexico as a safehouse to store weapons, supposedly prior to transport or for a more sinister motive.
The weapons stashes discovered by law enforcement, Border Patrol, and other agencies contain ample evidence of dozens of 'smoking guns'--literally and symbolically--that prove the cartel is in the weapons smuggling business. However, the cartel has more than just smoking guns. The El Paso Times reported that officials have discovered an array of military grade weapons, grenade and grenade launchers, high-powered rifles, body armor, anti-aircraft missiles, and night vision goggles. The nature of the weapons that have been discovered would seem to confirm suspicions that the cartel obtains these weapons from the U.S. Government.