It shouldn’t be surprising; the ATF with the DoJ’s blessing let thousands of guns “walk” across the border in Mexico, purchased illegally –but, again, with the approval of the Obama-Holder Justice Department– by “straw buyers” who then delivered them to murderous Mexican drug cartels.
So far (and as far as we know), more than 300 Mexicans and two US federal officers have been killed by these weapons.
And now they’re showing up in New Mexico:
Operation Fast & Furious is now linked to a local gun smuggling operation in the border town of Columbus, New Mexico.
Federal agents knew in April 2010 that the leader of the operation, town trustee Blas “Woody” Gutierrez, was found with weapons purchased by “straw man” Jaime Avila, Jr. Avila was a member of a group in Arizona that was the target of Fast & Furious.
Border agents stopped Gutierrez and Miguel Carillo on January 14, 2010 and found ten semiautomatic weapons. They ran the serial numbers in one database and nothing suspicious came up. With no active arrest warrants, the agents allowed the men to leave with the guns. Three months later, though, ATF agents in New Mexico wrote that three of those weapons were purchased by Avila on January 9. Three other weapons were connected to Uriel Patino, another Fast & Furious suspect.
The report specifically refers to Fast & Furious by number
Senator Grassley (R-IA) has demanded information from the head of the CBPE regarding this stop. So far, this agency of the federal government has not complied with this legitimate request from a US senator.
In this case, the guns were found as part of a stop. But how soon will it be, one has to ask, before these or other guns are found at crime scenes in Mexico, New Mexico, or elsewhere in the US, with the corpses of innocent victims nearby?
Keep something in mind: Richard Nixon lost the presidency because of the Watergate scandal, but at least President Nixon did not have blood on his hands.
Barack Obama, on the other hand…
PS: The author of the linked article, Katie Pavlich, has written a well-done overview of the Fast and Furious scandal, which should be required reading for anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with this felony stupid fiasco.
RELATED: Earlier posts on Operation Fast and Furious.
UPDATE: Are criminal charges pending against ATF officials in connection with Fast and Furious? And why does the word “scapegoat” come to mind? (via Vermontaigne)
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)