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.
. . . . . . .
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.”
Posted by: Carl from Chicago at October 18, 2012 07:47 PM
Wasn't that the whole point of F&F, to get guns to Mexican crime scenes so new gun laws could be passed? Looks like it was working fine until someone let the cat out of the bag.
Posted by: Peter at October 19, 2012 08:47 AM
Although most of us believe that, and it fits with our understanding of how gov might approach gun control "under the radar" ... demonstrating that intent, say before an oversight committe, is another matter.
In other words, what you believe and what you can prove empirically are not necessarily congruent.
Posted by: Carl from Chicago at October 19, 2012 09:00 AM
"I go to Mexico all the time." He admitted this. Now I can't help but wonder exactly what he was doing on all those trips? Smuggling firearms? Or just collecting pay-offs?
Posted by: shovelDriver at October 19, 2012 10:53 PM