A new video clip from news outlet in Mexico shared on social media Wednesday shows a drug cartel member carrying weaponry that was allegedly sent from the United States and meant for Ukraine.
According to the video clip, a member of the Gulf Cartel was reportedly carrying a ‘javelin,’ a weapon used in Ukraine.
On social media, speculation grew about the potential for these weapons to end up in the wrong hands.
Republican Presidential candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy, said Twitter: “It turns out that the US military weapons that we sent to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles and missile launchers, are ending up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels south of our border. This is an embarrassment.”
According to other reports, the TV segment was mistranslated, with the anchor mentioning Ukraine once during the report and never saying the object was from Ukraine.
Euronews reached out to Raytheon Technologies, the company that manufactures the Javelin, responding in a written statement saying, “The video does not show a Javelin, which is a different size and shape.”
Arms experts say the weapon in the video is an AT4 rocket launcher manufactured in Sweden, widely used by Latin American militaries, including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.
While arms smuggling is prevalent in Latin America, many arms expert says since the start of the Ukraine invasion, there has not been any credible evidence of significant arms trafficking out of Kyiv.