After a months-long investigation into the local ramifications of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ contentious “Fast and Furious” case strategy, reporters in Arizona claim to have found evidence of the operation’s toll on American communities.
“For months the ABC15 Investigators have been searching through police reports and official government documents. We’ve discovered assault weapons linked to the… controversial ‘Fast and Furious’ case strategy have turned up at crime scenes in Glendale and Phoenix communities,” ABC15.com, the website for a local Arizona television station, reported.
“The ABC15 Investigators uncovered documents showing guns connected to at least two Glendale criminal cases and at least two Phoenix criminal cases also appear in the ATF’s Suspect Gun Database, a sort-of watch list for suspicious gun sales.”
ATF officials recently testified before Congress about the case strategy, in which agents knowingly allowed firearms to be sold to criminals in Mexico. The operation was meant to help lead the ATF to high-ranking drug lords in the country, but many of the sold weapons were lost in the process. One official estimated that as many as 1,800 unrecovered firearms may now be on the streets of Mexico.
During his Congressional testimony, ATF Special Agent Peter Forcelli said, “I believe that these firearms will continue to turn up at crime scenes on both sides of the border for years to come.”