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Gun Trafficking From Florida to Haiti Is Surging

  • US Law Enforcement Sees More Seizures of Guns Headed to Haiti
  • Gangs Buy Rifles That Can Down Helicopters From Gun Dealers
High-caliber sniper rifles, AR-15s, and a machine gun seized by federal agents en route to Haiti.
High-caliber sniper rifles, AR-15s, and a machine gun seized by federal agents en route to Haiti.Source: Bloomberg

Haitian gangs are buying unprecedented quantities of high-powered rifles at shops in Florida and smuggling them out of the US, fueling a wave of violence that’s destabilizing the Caribbean nation, US law enforcement officials said.  

In the last few months, federal agents have seen a surge in arms being sent illegally from Florida to Haiti, said Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Miami.