Sharyl Attkinsson digging fresh dirt on Fast & Furious. Check it out.
For more than two years, the Justice Department has ignored Congressional requests to disclose where all of the Fast and Furious weapons are turning up. Now, documents withheld from Congress, but provided to me by a source, give a predictably disturbing picture of the violent landscape in which the weapons are being used.
Uriel Patino is a chief firearms trafficking suspect whom ATF secretly advised U.S. gun shops to sell weapons to. According to trace documents, guns that Patino trafficked are associated with 128 firearms traces to date, including 15 cases in 2014. A trace indicates a firearm likely turned up at a crime scene.
Among the Patino traces in 2014 are 11 incidents in Mexico and four in the U.S.
“These weapons that have been recovered recently in 2014 haven’t even been reported to Congress,” says an official source familiar with the ongoing investigation into the government’s conduct. “It’s a life and death situation. People are using these weapons at shootouts, gang-related activity and cartel activity.”
Suspects who were under the watch of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) sold thousands of AK-47 style assault rifles and other weapons to Mexican drug cartels in the ill-advised Justice Department operation in 2009 and 2010. One major outstanding question is: In what crimes are the weapons now being used to injure and kill?
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