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Guns That ATF Let Walk Into Mexico Linked to Phoenix Crimes

July 01, 2011  | 

Weapons linked to a questionable government strategy are turning up in crimes in Phoenix-area neighborhoods, according to a report by local TV news channel ABC15.

For months ABC15 Investigators have been searching through police reports and official government documents. We’ve discovered assault weapons linked to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ controversial "Fast and Furious" case strategy have turned up at crime scenes in Glendale and Phoenix communities.

Phoenix ATF agents recently testified during a Congressional hearing that they knowingly allowed weapons to slip into the hands of straw buyers who would then distribute the weapons to known criminals. The strategy was designed to lead ATF officials to key drug players in Mexico, but some agents admitted they never fully tracked the weapons after suspicious buyers purchased them.

Source: ABC15

Tags: Mexican Drug Cartels, ATF, U.S.-Mexico Border, Gun Trafficking, Fast and Furious


Comments (3)

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Tom @ 7/4/2011 7:08 PM

Does anyone besides me, suspect that Attorney General Holder had a hand in this fiasco?

lionsarm @ 7/4/2011 11:53 PM

If anyone knows anything about OCDETF cases (which most local agencies do because they are paid overtime out of this fund), then they should know that before a case is approved for OCDETF funding, it is briefed before a board of ALL the federal agencies (i.e., FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, ICE, IRS...)...which means they all knew about this case and had to approve it.

maleman39 @ 7/6/2011 8:33 AM

This strategy was more than "questionable"--it was outright criminal. Because a panel "approves" it, does not make it lawful. You break the law= you break the law. When criminal justice is not served, the Society is hurt. These people took an oath to support and defend the US Constitution and were paid well to do that. It seems they VIOLATED their sworn oaths. Because of that, people suffered, especially the dead ones.

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