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Fast and Furious weapons were found in Mexico cartel enforcer’s home

Posted By admin On October 9, 2011 @ 1:31 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Richard A. Serrano
L.A. Times [1]
Sunday, October 9, 2011

High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF’s Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.

In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad Juarez, according to federal court records and trace documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The smugglers’ tactics — quickly moving the weapons far from ATF agents in southern Arizona, where it had been assumed they would circulate — vividly demonstrate that what had been viewed as a local problem was much larger. Six other Fast and Furious guns destined for El Paso were recovered in Columbus, N.M.

“These Fast and Furious guns were going to Sinaloans, and they are killing everyone down there,” said one knowledgeable U.S. government source, who asked for anonymity because of the ongoing investigations. “But that’s only how many we know came through Texas. Hundreds more had to get through.”

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[1] L.A. Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-atf-guns-20111009,0,6431788.story?track=rss

[2] Report: Drug cartel used Fast and Furious weapon in failed assassination plot: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-drug-cartel-used-fast-and-furious-weapon-in-failed-assassination-plot.html

[3] U.S. Government Used Taxpayer Funds to Buy, Sell Weapons During ‘Fast and Furious,’ Documents Show: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-government-used-taxpayer-funds-to-buy-sell-weapons-during-fast-and-furious-documents-show.html

[4] Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-contributor-who-helped-enact-assault-weapons-ban-ran-%e2%80%98fast-and-furious%e2%80%99.html

[5] Univision report connects Operation Fast and Furious scandal to murders of Mexican teenagers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/univision-report-connects-operation-fast-and-furious-scandal-to-murders-of-mexican-teenagers.html

[6] Issa: E-Mails Suggest Operation Fast and Furious Would Be Used to Bolster Assault Weapons Ban, Greater Reporting: http://www.prisonplanet.com/issa-e-mails-suggest-operation-fast-and-furious-would-be-used-to-bolster-assault-weapons-ban-greater-reporting.html

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