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Coming to your town: The drug cartel's new favorite weapon, hand grenades

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – TEXAS RANGERS BORDER SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – TEXAS RANGERS BORDER SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY – TEXAS RANGERS BORDER SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER

"Recently four hand grenades were found at a murder scene in Rio Grande City, Texas..."

It's an interesting commentary on the ship of state when a major metropolitan area has to rely on the largess of a comedian just so their police department can keep up with the overwhelming firepower of Mexican narco-terrorists. As reported by the Catholic Online news portal and also by The New York Daily News, both on Aug. 19, 2014, one of the favorite weapons of the American Fighting Man for the past one hundred years has now started to appear in the heartland. The difference is that this time, hand grenades are being introduced to the streets of this country as just another weapon in the already impressive arsenal used by the drug cartels invading this country.

With names such as the Sinaloa, the La Barredora, the Knights Templar and the Jalisco New Generation, a number of vicious drug cartels have essentially laid claim to large swaths of land not only in Northern Mexico, but also tracts in many Southwest American states. Like any other reigning sovereign, the drug barons have quite the stockpile of arms at their disposal.

Now narco-terrorists are bringing with them fragmentation grenades in their fight to expand their empire. Recently four hand grenades were found at a murder scene in Rio Grande City, Texas where three Hondurans were found murdered. Law enforcement officials are also deeply concerned that in the sleepy border town of San Juan, Texas, law enforcement officials conducted a sting operation in 2009 which resulted in the arrest of a man who sold almost 200 grenades to an undercover federal agent posing as a cartel member.

Along with frags, the drug lords are also armed with M16s, AK47s, according to Time magazine they now have RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades) at their disposal. Also of grave concern to police is that the favored sidearm of choice is the Belgian-made Fabrique Nationale (FN) Five-seveN pistol well known for its armor piercing capabilities.

Adam Housley of Fox News reported on Dec. 23, 2008 that comedic actor David Spade took it upon himself to donate $100,000 to the police department of his adopted hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. The specific reason the comic gave the rather large chunk of cash was to arm the PPD with 50 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. The Phoenix cops were notoriously outgunned by drug smugglers swarming throughout The Valley of the Sun.

Via his publicist, Spade explained "these guys need to be able to do their jobs, and I am just happy I could help." As reported, "'Mr. Spade has stepped forward and has given a gift to our officers of increased safety,' said Police Chief Jack Harris. 'I am thrilled that we were able to accept that money that will hopefully bring us to 300 rifles on the street.' Phoenix Police Sgt. Alan Hill says 50 AR-15 rifles to be purchased with the donation will be given to patrol officers."

The star who made his bones appearing on the likes of "Saturday Night Live," "Tommy Boy," "Just Shoot Me" and "Rules of Engagement" has a history of helping out the boys in blue. In 2007 Spade very quietly donated $25,000 to the family of a fallen Phoenix police officer killed in the line of duty.