October 26, 2010. Right in the middle of the Fast and Furious gunrunning, with SAC William Newell overseeing the operation. An Arizona television station reports:
PHOENIX - Weapons that trace back to dealers and sellers in Arizona are being found at various Mexican crime scenes, according to William Newell, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Phoenix Division.
“Mexico is in a tough, tough situation right now, they are at war against a very, very violent, vicious group of thugs,” said Newell.
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At various Mexican crime scenes, Newell said they are finding weapons that trace back to dealers and sellers in Arizona.
“We have agents throughout Mexico, I go to Mexico all the time, I see US-sourced firearms there all the time," he said. "A large percentage of those firearms that they illegally acquire and illegally traffic to Mexico are from the U.S. and a large percentage are from Arizona.”