One Indictment Issued in ATF Operation That Allegedly Put Guns In the Hands of Mexican Criminals
One indictment has been issued in connection with the gun-tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which allegedly allowed thousands of guns to be funneled to Mexican criminals.
With regard to the “Fast and Furious” operation, “there’s been one indictment at this time,” Scot Thomasson, the ATF’s public affairs chief in Washington, D.C., told CNSNews.com.
“We don’t speak to open investigations, especially investigations that are under indictment,” said Thomasson. “I can tell you that an indictment was announced on January 25 against 20 defendants.” A Mar. 9 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and 13 other members of that panel states, “Internal ATF documents show that ATF’s supervisors became increasingly concerned about the pace of the investigations” in connection with the “Fast and Furious” operation.
“There seems to have been little effective coordination between ATF and the [Justice] Department as a whole [in carrying out the operation],” states the letter. “While guns continued to cross the border, the Department was apparently slow to approve wiretaps and to bring prosecutions.”