Latin American police soon will have access to a Spanish version of a U.S. gun-tracking system that could widen efforts to hunt down crime suspects and weapons traffickers, reports USA Today. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will begin testing a Spanish-language version of eTrace, the computer system that helps police trace who buys U.S. firearms.
“This is to allow the infrastructure to make it easier for law enforcement throughout Latin America to track the firearms in their own language,” said ATF spokesman Scot Thomasson. National police in Mexico, Guatemals, and Costa Rica will be the first users of the system. ATF is trying to stop buyers who funnel weapons to drug cartels. Because many Latin American police officers do not speak English, ATF hopes the Spanish-language eTrace will encourage them to submit serial numbers of guns they find at crime scenes.