DEA Agents Refuse To Turn Over ATF Guns
Hat tip to Maddened Fowl:
The federal drug agents discovered the AK-47-type assault rifles wrapped in cellophane and hidden inside two giant trash barrels. Agents believe the confiscated weapons were heading to drug cartels in Mexico. Problem is, a serial number on at least one of the weapons traces back to the ATF.
It was known as the “Fast and Furious” program — a controversial gunrunning sting where the ATF allowed its own assault weapons to be sold on the streets. The hope was to track the guns as they passed through the hands of straw buyers and middle-men. The idea was to gain intelligence and take down a big-time Mexican cartel.
Even some of the most experienced agents inside the ATF were uncomfortable with the idea — especially after hundreds of the rifles disappeared.
Then in December, some of the ATF guns were found in the hands of the bandits who opened fire on Border Patrol agents in Southern Arizona. Agent Brian Terry was killed in the shootout. And the “Fast and Furious” program was publicly exposed.
Until then, not even the DEA knew about the gun operation. Now, sources told CBS 5 News the DEA is refusing to turn over the cache of weapons from its bust to the ATF.
It’s nice to know there is at least one Federal agency trying to take guns away from Mexican drug cartels rather than providing them.