The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) is hot to catch gun buyers buying guns in America to smuggle to Mexican drug lords. So hot that they’re willing to tout entirely misleading information about Mexican gun traces. (Quick aside: did you know that the average gun traced by the ATF for the Mexican was 14-years-old?) So hot that the ATF wants to create an illegal long gun registry. So hot that employees of the $1.4 billion agency may have walked hundreds of modern home defense sporting rifles across the border, one of which might have been used to kill a U.S. border agent. So hot that they’ve nabbed Tempe, AZ plumber Edward Hossa, his brother and two cohorts for attempting to export guns to Mexico. Hey, Inspector General, there’s your big fish! Ready? Here we go [via eastvalleytribune.com] . . .
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona, Edward Hossa enlisted Jeremy Hossa, Yarrow and Valenzuela to purchase the firearms on his behalf.
Authorities say Jeremy Hossa bought four rifles and one handgun in Apache Junction in September and Yarrow purchased two handguns in Mesa in November so Edward Hossa could smuggle them into Mexico. Valenzula is accused of buying five handguns in July and November at two different stores in Glendale, according to information from ICE.
Four rifles and eight handguns (of unspecified caliber and age) do not a Mexican drug lord’s arsenal make. And remember: the weapons didn’t actually make it across the border. Does this sound like the thin edge of a vast criminal conspiracy to create an “iron river” of guns from the Bob’s Gun Store to Los Zetas to you?
Thursday’s arrest was not Edward Hossa’s first run-in with the law, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.
Hossa, who owns Alpha Omega Plumbing, was arrested by Chandler police in 2003 on suspicion of three counts of marijuana and cocaine-related charges, but the case was later dismissed, according to court records. During the proceedings, prosecutors had introduced information to the court that Hossa also had prior cocaine-related convictions in Illinois in the late 1970s.
In May 1977, Hossa was arrested for the sale of cocaine and convicted the following January. Two months later, in March 1978, Hossa was arrested on suspicion of distributing cocaine and carrying firearms during the commission of a felony and was convicted the following July, according to county court records.
It may not sound that way to you, but someone sure wants it to . . .
In a statement issued by ICE, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke said, “Weapons smuggling rings fuel the violence south of the border. Straw purchasers disregard the consequences for the allure of the quick cash. They can’t claim ignorance to their direct contribution to the bloodshed. These arrests are proof that our office along with ICE and ATF are committed to shutting down these organizations and interdicting southbound weapons.”
Question: what if two federal agencies were fully committed to shutting down the flow of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels, but the cartels were actually getting the vast majority of their weapons from the Mexican police, the Mexican military, their neighbors to the south, the Chinese and various criminal enterprises in Eastern Europe? Would the agencies ever admit that they were like the drunk looking for his keys under a streetlamp because the light’s better?