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Former Tucson DEA head: Holder either knew of gun-walking, or was willfully unaware

Posted By admin On February 7, 2012 @ 4:40 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Matthew Boyle
The Daily Caller [1]
February 7, 2012

Former Tucson Drug Enforcement Administration chief Tony Coulson told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder either knew guns were walking during Operation Fast and Furious [2], or should have known about the deadly practice.

“[Fast and Furious] was driven locally and it was driven from Arizona, from the ground up, I mean it was not much oversight,” Coulson said in a phone interview. “And, I mean, I can only speak to the reporting, but people all the way up to the attorney general knew what was going on.”

Coulson, who ran the DEA’s Tucson office during Fast and Furious’ implementation, told TheDC he learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was letting guns walk back in 2009 or 2010. He said he learned this from people who were working in the Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. He didn’t know it was called “Fast and Furious,” but said it was widely known guns were walking.

“Nothing that [ATF] was doing was running into what we were doing at DEA from the Tucson level,” Coulson said. “Now, Phoenix was a little bit different. They were, their targets kept running into DEA cases and I think that was reported out of the House letter last week. But in Tucson, we weren’t running into them. How I became aware of it was through Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Full article here [3]


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[1] The Daily Caller: http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=256801

[2] Operation Fast and Furious: http://topics.dailycaller.com/other/fast-and-furious.htm

[3] Full article here: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/07/former-tucson-dea-head-holder-either-knew-of-gun-walking-or-was-willfully-unaware/

[4] Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation Fast and Furious: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder-claims-emails-using-words-%e2%80%98fast-and-furious%e2%80%99-don%e2%80%99t-refer-to-operation-fast-and-furious.html

[5] Eric Holder to testify on Fast and Furious: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eric-holder-to-testify-on-fast-and-furious.html

[6] Holder heading to House hot seat, Fast and Furious grilling on the way: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder-heading-to-house-hot-seat-fast-and-furious-grilling-on-the-way.html

[7] Holder’s No. 2 in 2009: Gunwalking, Fast and Furious a ‘terrific idea’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder%e2%80%99s-no-2-in-2009-gunwalking-fast-and-furious-a-%e2%80%98terrific-idea%e2%80%99.html

[8] Documents Show AG Holder Knew About ‘Fast & Furious’; Contradict Testimony: http://www.prisonplanet.com/documents-show-ag-holder-knew-about-%e2%80%98fast-contradict-testimony.html

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