Jul 30, 2011

Weapons Traffic: US 'Fast and Furious' Scheme Armed Sinaloa Cartel

From 'InSight Crime'

US Gun Scheme Armed Sinaloa Cartel: Report: "Guns that were sold to suspected cartel middlemen under the U.S. government's 'Fast and Furious' anti-arms trafficking scheme ended up in the hands of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, according to a Congress report.

Further details were released Tuesday, ahead of a congressional hearing in Washington D.C., of how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation lost track of almost 2,000 weapons. The aim of the botched scheme was to sell firearms to people suspected of links to drug traffickers, in an attempt to trace gun-smuggling routes used by Mexican gangs.

According to sources cited in the report, some guns have ended up in the hands of Sinaloa Cartel, led by Joaquin Guzman, alias 'El Chapo,' as well as the Familia Michoacana gang and the Tijuana Cartel."

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