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kalguns
07-31-2009, 1:05 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,535940,00.html


LOS ANGELES — Four people were arrested and charged Friday for their roles in a suspected gun ring that sold assault rifles and other high-powered weapons, with one man claiming he is a member of a notorious Mexican drug cartel, authorities said.

Edgardo Prado Casteneda, Vicente Garcia, Scott Blanks and Victor Velasquez were arrested by federal authorities. Casteneda and Velasquez face drug and weapons-related charges, while Garcia and Blanks were charged only with weapons violations.

Court documents show that a paid informant infiltrated the ring and managed to buy assault rifles, pistols and a shotgun known as a "Streetsweeper."

Casteneda, who ran a landscaping business, told the informant that he was responsible for methamphetamine sales in parts of the San Gabriel Valley and had "committed several murders" for the La Familia cartel while in Mexico, according to an affidavit.

He also said he wanted to hire hitmen for the cartel to kill people who live in Southern California, court documents show. Casteneda said the going rate was $5,000 for each slaying, authorities said.

Authorities couldn't immediately substantiate his claims.

As recent as two weeks ago, Casteneda told the informant that he needed to collect a $3 million drug debt from a cartel boss known as "Cuete" who lives in Azusa, the affidavit said. Casteneda claims one of Cuete's couriers who was transporting drugs to Mexico had been arrested. The courier then provided information that led to the arrest of another high-ranking cartel member in Mexico City, Casteneda claims.

"When you in the game, you get charged when you make a mistake," Casteneda told the informant.

Casteneda believed Cuete had $5 million in his house and the informant would get a portion of the money if he helped him collect it, according to the affidavit. Casteneda was arrested before his alleged plan was carried out.

It wasn't immediately known if the four men had retained attorneys.

KCM222
07-31-2009, 1:09 PM
Wow, I grew up in the city adjacent to Azusa.

Have a link to the story?

ETA: Excellent, thanks.

Gio
07-31-2009, 1:33 PM
Crazy stuff.

-Gio

Neil McCauley
07-31-2009, 1:37 PM
Casteneda, who ran a landscaping business,

He was doing the jobs Americans don't want and became a victim of this viscious drug war :rolleyes: Damn I make a good liberal when I try.

PatriotnMore
07-31-2009, 2:54 PM
Court documents show that a paid informant infiltrated the ring and managed to buy assault rifles, pistols and a shotgun known as a "Streetsweeper."

We need a law to keep these shotguns out of the hands of criminals.:confused::o

Ed_in_Sac
08-01-2009, 6:09 AM
congratulations and thanks are due to the police for the investigation and the bust. It must take a lot of "ammo" to risk infiltrating a drug ring. :)

On the dark side, we all know this will result in local politicians saying it proves the US is where the guns in Mexico come from...sometimes we just can't win :(

tazmanian devil dog
08-01-2009, 6:41 AM
There are times I really wish we could mine, wall off and shoot on site to keep our southern border AIRTIGHT!!!

I know that sounds Draconian, but damn. When is enough enough?

motorhead
08-01-2009, 6:54 AM
um, has any of casteneda's story been verified? sounds like he was a legend in his own mind.

bodger
08-01-2009, 7:19 AM
There are times I really wish we could mine, wall off and shoot on site to keep our southern border AIRTIGHT!!!

I know that sounds Draconian, but damn. When is enough enough?

I agree. I'm convinced that the next terror attack that comes our way will get here via that loose perimeter to the south.

motorhead
08-01-2009, 7:34 AM
wolverines!!

KWA-S
08-01-2009, 9:36 AM
Streetsweeper: The name that wants to be banned.

bodger
08-01-2009, 11:39 AM
wolverines!!
"Now get up there and piss into that radiator!"

Streetsweeper: The name that wants to be banned.

I can't park on my block from 9AM to 12PM every Tuesday because of a streetsweeper.

HowardW56
08-01-2009, 2:35 PM
Streetsweeper: The name that wants to be banned.

Naw, I like it when they drive up and down my street...

Fate
08-01-2009, 2:40 PM
um, has any of casteneda's story been verified? sounds like he was a legend in his own mind.

+1.

Trench Broom
08-01-2009, 3:00 PM
Wow, I grew up in the city adjacent to Azusa.

I still live next to Azusa! :eek: There are parts of that town I just don't like driving through.

Meplat
08-01-2009, 4:14 PM
There are times I really wish we could mine, wall off and shoot on site to keep our southern border AIRTIGHT!!!

I know that sounds Draconian, but damn. When is enough enough?

Just pull the border patrol back mile and declare it a free fire zone. Invite in the KKK and Viola end of problem at zero cost.:43:

hawk1
08-01-2009, 7:45 PM
Ok, headcheck. Which Calgunner are we missing... :D

RolinThundr
08-01-2009, 11:27 PM
I agree. I'm convinced that the next terror attack that comes our way will get here via that loose perimeter to the south.

I'm more worried about the drugs, gangbangers, assorted criminals, and 3rd world diseases that come over the southern border. Here's a deal for Mexico: "you keep the drugs and gangbangers on your side of the border, and we'll keep the guns on ours".

ivanimal
08-01-2009, 11:48 PM
Ok, headcheck. Which Calgunner are we missing... :D

Where's Kestryll, better known as El Jefe.:43:

lrdchivalry
08-02-2009, 8:46 AM
um, has any of casteneda's story been verified? sounds like he was a legend in his own mind.

+1

The part of the story mentioning drugs going into mexico makes me suspicious. Drugs flow out of mexico and money flows into mexico.

Gator Monroe
08-02-2009, 8:53 AM
There are times I really wish we could mine, wall off and shoot on site to keep our southern border AIRTIGHT!!!

I know that sounds Draconian, but damn. When is enough enough?

Move/Make new,Military bases at border areas & train in Deserts there for our WARS IN Afganistan & Iran ?:rolleyes:

Lateralus
08-02-2009, 12:06 PM
Vicente Garcia, Scott Blanks and Victor Velasquez

Hm, anyone else notice the one name that doesn't quite fit? Lineup must have looked like an ethnic oreo.

AaronHorrocks
08-02-2009, 9:11 PM
So this news report means that California's strick gun laws aren't stopping the criminals?

Wow, that's news???