July 24, 2017

US agents told to let Mexico drug cartels buy US weapons

The free market is alive and well. Guns bought in Arizona freely taken to Mexico under the protective gaze of Federal Agents. The supply chain is functioning well.

US agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were ordered to let hundreds of guns be purchased by Mexican drug cartels as part of a ‘sting’ called Operation Fast and Furious. No – Vin Diesel was not involved.

Lawmakers from the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee are asking why hundreds of US guns were bought, resold and sent to Mexican drug cartels where they were used for killings and violence.

Three ATF firearms agents said they were told to track the movement of the weaponry, but not to make any arrests.

“We monitored as they purchased handguns, AK-47 variants and .50 caliber rifles, almost daily at times,” ATF agent John Dodson told the committee.

He added that though he wanted to “intervene and interdict these weapons”, his supervisors told him not to make any arrests.

At a hearing prior to the panel, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said “hundreds upon hundreds of weapons” destined for cartels in Mexico were purchased in gun shops in Arizona.

Operation Fast and Furious was designed to track weaponry as it moved from small-time gun buyers to major traffickers, who have often avoided prosecution.

Yesterday the Oversight Committee concluded that Fast and Furious, which was designed to track small-time gun buyers to major weapons traffickers along America’s south-west border, never led to the arrest of any major traffickers.

The news comes only two days after a report suggested that Mexican drug cartels have armed themselves with US weapons.

The report suggests some 70% of firearms recovered from Mexican crime scenes in 2009 and 2010 and submitted for tracing came from the US.

Nearly 35,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, and many of the killings have been carried out with guns smuggled in from the US.

Way to go guys. Lets give the Cartels more guns so they can put up more of a fight when the Mexican Army tries to clamp down on them.

It would all be quite laughable if some of the ITF’s cunning plans did not result in death and misery.