Tuesday, July 05, 2011

More Guns From ATF's 'Fast and Furious' Used in Arizona Crimes

Weapons linked to the federal government’s controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-running sting have turned up at four crime scenes in Arizona in the communities of Glendale and Phoenix. The four guns are connected to drug cases in Phoenix and Glendale, Phoenix television station ABC 15reported.  “Fast and Furious” backfired with deadly results, prompting calls for shake-ups at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and in the Justice Department. Under the program, ATF agents allowed weapons to flow across the border in a scheme targeting Mexican drug cartels. However, weapons involved in the sting have turned up at crime scenes — they have been involved in at least 150 shootings, including the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The ATF now admits it lost track of two-thirds of the guns, and even President Barack Obama has described the program as flawed. In the new cases in Arizona, documents show that guns from the program are connected to two Glendale criminal cases and another two in Phoenix, ABC15 investigators found. All the cases are drug related. Four weapons appear in official ATF Suspect Gun Summary documents, which the station described as a “sort-of watch list for suspicious gun sales.” “ATF representatives denied ABC15’s open records request for documents showing other weapons connected to the Fast and Furious case that may have been involved in other crimes in the United States,” the station reported...more

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