“A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.” Oh those LA Times wags. Using words like “suggesting” and “now” and “failed gun-tracking operation.” In fact, arming drug cartels was the whole point of Operation Fast and Furious. Saying Uncle Sam-sponsored guns “may” have made it into Mexico is like saying Lesley Bazant is a bit of alright. Lest we forget, the ATF let 1,961 U.S. gun store guns walk. And hey, what about this F&F-related massacre . . .
The agency eventually lost track of the weapons, and they often ended up in the hands of Mexican hit men , including those who ordered and carried out the attack on Salvarcar and El Aliviane, a rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez where 18 young men were killed on September 2, 2009.
Sorry. I digress (courtesy of abcnews.com). Here’s the LA Times most recent F&F find:
A semi-automatic WASR rifle, the firearm that killed the chief, was traced back to the Lone Wolf Trading Company, a gun store in Glendale, Ariz. The notation on the Department of Justice trace records said the WASR was used in a “HOMICIDE – WILLFUL – KILL –PUB OFF –GUN” –ATF code for “Homicide, Willful Killing of a Public Official, Gun.” . . .
The WASR used in Jalisco was purchased on Feb. 22, 2010, about three months into the Fast and Furious operation, by 26-year-old Jacob A. Montelongo of Phoenix. He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy, making false statements and smuggling goods from the United States and was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
Court records show Montelongo personally obtained at least 109 firearms during Fast and Furious. How the WASR ended up in the state of Jalisco, which is deep in central Mexico and includes the country’s second-largest metropolis, Guadalajara, remained unclear . . .
The ATF declined to discuss the matter; officials said they are still compiling an inventory of all the lost firearms for a complete account of the Fast and Furious operation.
So what of the Congressional investigation into the anti-gun smuggling gun smuggling operation? Nada. At least until another U.S. citizen is murdered by a narco-terrorist inside the U.S. The family of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry deserve better. And that of the Jalisco Police Chief, too.