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    We has a gentleman call us today wanting a team of 4 or 5 guys to escort him and a large undisclosed amount of cash into south central Mexico. He is Legit as far as the money goes, He is in charge of a non profit organization that raises money and takes it to Mexico and donates it to hospitals or schools or something like that.

    He is willing to pay 10,000 dollars per person per weekend but the owner is concerned about taking weapons into Mexico and going to a Mexican jail. What are your thoughts about undertaking this kind of mission. I am going to call the Department of State today and see what they say.

  • #2
    Chucky, pass this one by! I don't want to see your name in the obits!!!
    Enjoy the day,
    Bill

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    • #3
      Mexican authorities are very funny about weapons being brought into Mexico. I wouldn't do it.

      Not relevant to security, but I've heard frequent travelers to Mexico recommend bringing a flare pistol. The authorites seem to think thats okay.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by craig333 View Post
        Mexican authorities are very funny about weapons being brought into Mexico.
        They are not being funny, it's THEIR law. Armed bodyguards from the US are not allowed to work in Canada either.
        I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
        Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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        • #5
          Just buy one in a border town. Throw it away when you are headed back across. Seems simple enough...I have never done it, but heard about it...

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          • #6
            10,000 dollars per person per weekend??????? If anything smelled like week-old tacos this is it. Do yourself a big favor and stay north of that Mexican border. j.

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            • #7
              I would suspect that a non-profit would simply do a wire transfer instead of needlessly spending 50 grand on security. This stinks.

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              • #8
                I think the weapons problem would be pretty far down my list.
                As mentioned above there's better ways to transfer money than via 'bag-o-cash'.
                When they open the bag on the other end and it's empty or short and the guy that hired you has a friendly witness that swears there was X dollars in there, the local cops suddenly all have new jewlery and the client's 'cleared' and gone back to the states I'd hate to be part of that 'security team'.

                Just a thought, maybe this has all been addressed and the weapons question is the only one left.

                wtd

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                • #9
                  sounds more like a drug deal.
                  Washington DC

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                  • #10
                    Scam.

                    Drug deal or sumpin' similiar. Don't do it.

                    Seriously, taking a big bag o' $$$ to distribute as charity? The guy's never heard of PayPal?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wtd View Post
                      I think the weapons problem would be pretty far down my list.As mentioned above there's better ways to transfer money than via 'bag-o-cash'.
                      When they open the bag on the other end and it's empty or short and the guy that hired you has a friendly witness that swears there was X dollars in there, the local cops suddenly all have new jewlery and the client's 'cleared' and gone back to the states I'd hate to be part of that 'security team'.

                      Just a thought, maybe this has all been addressed and the weapons question is the only one left.

                      wtd
                      Weapons charges in Mexico? Should be near the very top. I used to deal (officially) with Mexican law enforcement officers - put weapons at the top of the list.
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                      • #12
                        Just curious what border controls leaving the US has with what cash or monetary equivalent (ie. VISA Money Cards or Travellers Cheques) you may have on your person when leaving the border ?

                        I know entering or leaving Australia you MUST declare $10k AUD (about $9k US) or over when you hit immigration. So would not something apply leaving the US as well ? I am sure the US Treasury / FBI / NSA and anyone else with a badge would be curious as to WHAT charity is moving cash across the borders so easily too ?

                        $10k US for a weekend ??? Do you get paid in cash or drugs when you complete the deal ?
                        "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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                        • #13
                          Weapons charges in Mexico? Should be near the very top. I used to deal (officially) with Mexican law enforcement officers - put weapons at the top of the list.
                          Long before I would concern myself with the firearm question I'd be asking a LOT of questions to try to figure out whether the whole deal was legit.
                          If you're not going to take the deal to begin with, it would be a waste of time to consider the implications of taking firearms into Mexico. You have to start at the beginning with the questions, not just jump in at your favorite spot.
                          Read my reply more carefully and you'd understand that there are about a billion things that would sour this deal well before you ever got around to the weapons question.
                          The firearm question is only a concern AFTER you've decided to do the deal, there are many questions to ba answered there first.

                          wtd
                          Last edited by wtd; 03-21-2008, 12:46 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Just remember, if it hits the fan and the Federales stop you, all that comes to mind is the movie Midnght Express and how prisons are in foreign countries. This I would definitely take a pass on...

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                            • #15
                              I need a language translation.

                              How do you say, "ugly," and, "uh-oh," in spanish.

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