By Dialogo November 04, 2010 The United States government delivered three X-ray scanning machines to Mexico for use at customs posts to detect drugs and contraband, as part of the resources appropriated for the Merida Initiative, the U.S. embassy announced. “The Tax Administration Service (SAT) received three mobile X-ray trucks,” the diplomatic mission said in a statement. These vehicles, the first installment of a total of thirteen that will be donated to the Mexican government, will enable the discreet detection of irregularities in merchandise crossing Mexico’s borders, the bulletin added. The other trucks, worth one million dollars each, will be delivered in the next sixty days. The Merida Initiative is a U.S. program to provide 1.6 billion dollars in aid for the fight against drugs in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean and was negotiated in 2007, during George W. Bush’s administration. Of this amount, around 1.3 billion dollars is destined for Mexico.