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Mexico; United States: Letter of Intent on Cooperation Against Smuggling, Trafficking

(Aug. 28, 2009) On August 13, 2009, high-ranking government officials from the United States and Mexico signed a Letter of Intent β€œto develop a coordinated and intelligence-driven response to the threat of cross border smuggling and trafficking of weapons and ammunition.” (Press Release, Department of Homeland Security; DHS, DOJ, and Mexico Announce Initiative to Bolster Investigative Cooperation (Aug. 13, 2009), available at The agreement is aimed at combining the investigative resources of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with those of Mexico's Attorney General to β€œcombat violence and criminal activity along the U.S.-Mexico border.” (Id.) According to the press release issued on the occasion,

The Letter of Intent recommends a joint strategic implementation plan to develop cooperative protocols to govern weapons and ammunition trafficking investigations in the United States and Mexico and improve information sharing between the two countries to better identify smuggling and trafficking trends and support bilateral investigation efforts. (Id.)