ATF facilitates weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels
The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was able to watch live video surveillance feeds as intermediaries for Mexican drug cartels purchased guns at licensed U.S. firearms dealers for transhipment south of the border–while ATF agents in the field were specifically ordered not to stop the purchases, intercept the purchasers after they made their deals, or retrieve the guns after they were bought.
Two guns purchased in this project were eventually retrieved–at the scene in Arizona of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was gunned down by alleged operatives of the Mexican drug cartels.
And ATF Special Agent John Dodson from ATF’s Phoenix field division added that his former group supervisor, Dave Voth, came to Washington to brief officials at ATF headquarters, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force that secured the funding for Operation Fast and Furious. All three are components of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) told the committee that despite the “strong objection” of ATF field agents, Operation Fast and Furious continued – “and approximately 2,000 AK-47s and derivatives and some 50-caliber sniper rifles and others and 10,000 or more rounds of live ammunition went into the arsenals of the Mexican drug lords.”