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    Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels

    Judicial Watch: Justice Department Documents Reveal Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels – Linked to at least 69 Killings

    From December 2012 to March 2016, 94 Fast and Furious weapons were seized; Fast and Furious weapon found in “Chapo” Guzman hideout

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today released Justice Department documents showing that weapons sent from the U.S. into Mexico as part of the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning program have been widely used by major Mexican drug cartels. According to the new records, over the past three years, a total of 94 Fast and Furious firearms have been recovered in Mexico City and 12 Mexican states, with the majority being seized in Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa. Of the weapons recovered, 82 were rifles and 12 were pistols identified as having been part of the Fast and Furious program. Reports suggest the Fast and Furious guns are tied to at least 69 killings.

    Fast and Furious was a Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gunrunning” operation in which the Obama administration allowed guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels in the hope the weapons would be recovered at crime scenes. Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico. Prior reports tie Fast and Furious weapons to at least 200 deaths in Mexico alone.

    Judicial Watch obtained the documents last month in response to a March 17, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seeking the following:
    • All records identifying the locations (including, but not limited to, crime scenes and the locations of seizures) at which firearms – that were identified during the course of or due to Operation Fast and Furious – have been recovered by law enforcement personnel.

    The documents show 94 Fast and Furious firearms were seized, 20 were identified as being involved in “violent recoveries.” The “violent recoveries” involved several mass killings:
    • June 30, 2014 — One 7.62mm rifle recovered in Tlatlaya, Estado de Mexico. This is the reported date and location of a shootout in which 22 people were killed.
    • May 22, 2015 — Two 7.62mm rifles recovered from the site of a massive shootout in Rancho el Sol, Michoacán, that left one Mexican Federal Police officer and 42 suspected cartel members dead.
    • August 7, 2015 — One 7.62mm rifle was among five firearms reported asrecovered from an abandoned stolen vehicle in which three dead shooting victims were found in Parral, Chihuahua.
    • January 29, 2013 — One 7.62mm rifle seized in Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco is reportedly related to the assassination of the town police chief, Luis Lucio Astorga and his bodyguard.
    • January 11, 2016 — One .50 caliber rifle seized from the Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where he was (re)arrested.

    In October 2014, Judicial Watch uncovered the fact that an AK 47 rifle used in a July 29, 2013, gang-style assault on an apartment building that left two people wounded was part of the Obama Department of Justice’s Fast and Furious gunrunning program.

    “These documents show President Obama’s legacy includes one of gunrunning and violence in Fast and Furious,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “As the production of documents from the ATF continues, we expect to see even further confirmation of Obama’s disgraced former Attorney General Eric Holder’s prediction that Fast and Furious guns will be used in crimes for years to come.”

    In 2014, Judicial Watch litigation forced the disclosure of Fast and Furious documents to Congress after years of delay.

    Judicial Watch has a related active lawsuit seeking access to all records of communications between the Department of Justice and the House Oversight Committee relating to settlement discussions in the Committee’s 2012 contempt of Congress lawsuit against then-Attorney General Eric Holder (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:13-cv-1344)). The contempt citation stemmed from Holder’s refusal to provide documents to Congress related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.
    Pat ------> NRA Lifetime Endowment Member #FAAFO

    My head hurts!


      Sure...Holder provided good stuff, so they will use it all to their fullest extent possible. SMDH.


        so at one of the meetings for f&f nobody raised there hand and said Gee guys I am not sure this is such a good idea,what if they use the weapons to kill people, and if someone did speak up the response was that's what we are hoping for idiot, how the hell these morons sleep at night is my question


          We all know what they were up to. They wanted to recover US manufactured arms, at crime scenes south of the border, conveniently leave out that they supplied them, and use it as grounds to come up with a new federal AWB. The bloodier the crime scenes, the better. This was a federal agency, run by public servants, paid salary by the taxpayers. BUT, being use in a political operation, to support an anti 2A agenda. Sound familiar? Not the only taxpayer funded agency being used as a political tool. If it wasn't for whistleblowers, they whole scheme might have worked!

          Where is the outrage that the DOJ, and Holder, stonewalled Congress, that has a mandate to provide oversight? After Holder was held in contempt, and then played the race card (because he was African-American, that was why he was held in contempt of Congress - nothing to do with lack of cooperation and not complying with demands for docs under subpoena). After that still didn't back off Congress, they then tried "Executive Privilege." So how does a federal agency, in place to enforce our laws, suddenly have "Executive Privilege," if they were simply doing their jobs, and enforcing laws? Why would they need to hide docs? Well, no need to speculate, I think it was 20,000 pages released last week under FOIA, confirming that it was a political anti-2A operation. Oops, federal agents got killed. Another pattern. Just like Benghazi. They didn't get them help because of the upcoming election, more patriots KIA!!!
          Last edited by MSA77; 05-26-2016, 08:28 AM.
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            Shocked face!


              All this and still Eric Holder and his posse are free men! As the great Steve McLaughlin likes to say "drain the swamp", out with the whole administration!! Trey Gowdy for U.S. Attorney General, many indictments are called for here my friends!