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Authorities identify the suspect as Jean Baptiste Kingery. Police arrested him last week.

Kingery is suspected of smuggling grenade parts across the U.S.-Mexican border to the Sinaloa drug gang. He allegedly bought the weapons over the internet and in stores.

Mexican drug gangs frequently use hand grenades in their battle with police and soldiers, who are struggling to destroy the drug trade.

Mexican drug gangs frequently use hand grenades in their battle with police and soldiers, who are struggling to destroy the drug trade.

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Mexican police arrested an American accused of trafficking grenade and gun parts to one of the country’s deadliest drug cartels in a sign the gangs could now be making their own weapons, authorities said on Tuesday.

Federal police captured Jean Baptiste Kingery last week at a house in the Pacific tourist town of Mazatlan in Sinaloa state, where they seized a small cache of guns and found a Hummer sports utility vehicle parked outside.

Law enforcement officials accuse Kingery of delivering parts used to make grenades and firearms, some bought at stores and online in the United States, to the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Mexico’s most wanted man Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.

Source: Voice of America News; Rachel Uranga for Reuters

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