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Guns at 2nd Ariz. Crime Scene Traced to Fast and Furious

September 12, 2011  | 

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Arizona state law enforcement personnel have linked two weapons recovered after a pursuit to the botched Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation.

The guns were recovered by the Arizona Department of Public Safety last year from the back of a stolen car. The driver had rammed two DPS vehicles, after fleeing into the Maricopa County desert on foot, reports the Arizona Republic.

The guns were traced to Operation Fast and Furious in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) deliberately put guns into the hands of Mexican cartels to try to track them.

This is the second time Fast-and-Furious guns have been recovered at a crime scene in the U.S. In December, two AK-47s from the initiative were recovered at the Rio Rico location where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was fatally shot by smugglers. Guns in the operation have also been linked to the Los Zetas cartel members who ambushed and killed Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico.

A Glendale, Ariz., gun dealer who has been speaking out about the operation told the Los Angeles Times he was ordered by the ATF to sell the two AK-47s found in Rio Rico. Andre Howard, who owns the Lone Wolf Trading Company, was told to sell to every illegal purchaser who walks in the door.

Howard said he grew concerned that someone could get hurt due to the sales of weapons, which included .50-caliber sniper rifles. "Every passing week, I worried about something like that," he said. "I felt horrible and sick."

Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano have said publicly that they were unaware of the operation.

By Paul Clinton

Sources: Arizona Republic, Los Angeles Times.

Related:

Holder Says He Didn't Know About Fast and Furious

ATF Chief who Oversaw Fast and Furious To Step Down

Napolitano Unaware of ICE Agent's Link to Letting Guns 'Walk'

Tags: Arizona DPS, ATF, Firearms Dealers, Fast and Furious


Comments (3)

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Morning Eagle @ 9/12/2011 8:59 PM

holder and nappy are either both liars or so totally incompetent they should be immediately removed from their positions. According to the the gun dealer he was "ordered" by the agents of the BATFE to sell the weapons and if so, the responsibility for the crimes the firearms were involved in is on the agents and their supervisory chain all the way to the top, not on the dealer.

Tom-Ret @ 9/12/2011 9:29 PM

If the police chiefs and sheriffs of this country have any balls they will
demand that Holder resign if he doesn't quit stonewalling on the Fast and Furious investigation. It must warm the cockles of every cop's heart to find out that 50 cal sniper rifles are running around and probably in the hands of the bad guys compliments of this hair brain plan.

Deadman @ 9/13/2011 9:32 AM

Nappi just approved of the immigration dept.,not deporting lower on the food chain criminal illegal immigrants and if she knew about that and approved that,she knew about fast and furious,but either way she should be removed and prosecuted because she violated federal law and lied,she is not to be trusted.Just think,she would be in charge if this country was being policed under martil law,doesn't it just warm the cockles of your heart.I hope all of you police officers ,troopers and deputys know who you are voting for in 2012,we don't need a police state.

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