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  Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:43 AM

Rifle at ‘El Chapo’ hideout tied to flawed ATF operation ‘Fast and Furious’

Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post
March 16, 2016

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents have connected a rifle recovered at a hideout of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán with a flawed U.S. operation that allowed illegally purchased guns to flow into the hands of narcotics traffickers, the Justice Department confirmed.

In a written response to a congressional request, Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik wrote that a .50-caliber rifle found at the Los Mochis residence Guzmán used shortly before his capture was found to be associated with the “Fast and Furious” operation in which ATF agents did not immediately arrest illegal gun buyers and sellers so they could track the flow of the weapons to Mexican drug traffickers.

The rifle, Kadzik wrote, was purchased July 8, 2010, by someone the ATF did not know but who later was identified and “became a subject” of the operation. Kadzik wrote that the person, whom he did not name, was never indicted. Although the rifle’s initial purchase and transfer were illegal, he wrote, the ATF had not connected the weapon to other crimes.

The revelation — which was reported in January by Fox News — demonstrates the continued fallout from an operation that has been widely condemned. The operation allowed more than 2,000 weapons to hit the streets, including two used in the 2010 killing of a Border Patrol agent. It sparked a congressional inquiry and led to the ouster of the U.S. attorney in Phoenix who approved it.

Kadzik wrote that the rifle was one of 19 guns recovered from the residence that Mexican military forces raided in January in an attempt to take custody of Guzmán. He did not indicate whether the weapon was fired during the incident.

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