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    Agent: ATF Agents Let Guns Be Sold to Mexican Drug Cartels
    Immigration; Posted on: 2011-06-17 04:31:04 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Crooks and liars endanger our people--again.

    A federal agent told members of Congress on Wednesday that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents in Arizona routinely allowed the purchase of guns they knew would wind up in the hands of Mexican cartel members.

    John Dodson told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Phoenix firearms dealers had provided the agency with the names of more than 40 people who were likely buying guns really meant for criminals.

     

    "From the earliest days of the operation ... I had no question that the individuals we were watching were acting as straw purchasers and that the weapons they purchased would soon be trafficked to Mexico and locales all along the Southwest border, where they would be used in violent crime if we did not intervene," he testified. "However, we did nothing."



    Instead, he said, agents were told to track the weapons in hopes of finding out where they were going.

     

    The process, known as Operation Fast and Furious, came under congressional scrutiny after two weapons purchased by one of those straw buyers turned up at the scene of where Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot to death near Rio Rico last December.

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