Bob Owens

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Another Fast and Furious gun surfaces in murder plot

Written By: Bob - Aug• 07•12

What? The Obama Administration’s warren of gun smuggling operations leads to law enforcement officers being targeted for murder? Never saw that coming:

A weapon tied to “Operation Fast and Furious” was seized in Tijuana in connection with a drug cartel’s conspiracy to kill the police chief of Tijuana, Baja California, who later became the Juárez police chief, according to a U.S. government report.

The firearm was found Feb. 25, 2010, during an arrest of a criminal cell associated with Teodoro “El Teo” García Simental and Raydel “El Muletas” López Uriarte, allies of the Sinaloa cartel.

Tijuana police said they arrested four suspects in March 2010 in connection with a failed attempt to take out Julián Leyzaola, and that the suspects allegedly confessed to conspiring to assassinate the police chief on orders from Tijuana cartel leaders.

The suspects had an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, and one of the firearms traced back to the operation that the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) was monitoring from its field office in Phoenix.

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  1. Frank Dio says:

    Question: Should Eric Holder just count it as a loss on his expense account now?

  2. redc1c4 says:

    “…(ATF) was monitoring…”

    i do not think that word means what you think it means.

    • John says:

      Monitoring – They sit around and watch on the TV monitor to see if any corpses show up on the nightly news. Then call the real cops and ask if any police work had been done for which they can take credit. (So do I get a prize?)

  3. rasqual says:

    “…was monitoring from its field office in Phoenix.”

    That kind of semantics is giving WAY to much credit. The “monitoring” consisted of matching guns found at crime sites to their sales source. It’s not as if they were being monitored in the hope of interdicting them before they were used in killings — yet that’s the way most news makes it sound: a “botched” program. It wasn’t botched. It was working as planned. That it was planned the way it was is the crime that should take down Holder and a serious number of others.

  4. J. W. says:

    If you’ve got a drug cartel — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

  5. Darkwater says:

    We keep hearing about the tragedy of Brian Terry being killed, but so rarely is it mentioned that hundreds of Mexican citizens have been victims too.

    The Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales has requested extradition of those responsible, but the US press, along with the administration, just ignores it.

  6. Lonely Boy says:

    “El Teo” is the worst of the worst. Staight out of Culiacan, aka — Gangster’s Paradise.

    He was not just a transactional drug dealer. He was involved with kidnapping for ransom and the extortion of innocent people. He is responsible for the death of over 200 people. His henchman, “El Pozolero” dissolved the bodies of their victims in vats of Sodium Hydroxide — never to be recovered for burial by their families.

    Crime dropped significantly in TJ when the Army captured him.

    If the Bush Admistration had armed such a lunatic, we would never hear the end of it. The liberal media are intellectual cowards and filthy human beings for not reporting this story.

  7. Razor says:

    It’s only fair to give Mary Chastain credit for her gumshoe work in her story that came a day before the El Paso Times piece.

  8. Voluntary Joe says:

    Much of the chatter over Fast & Furious, in my opinion, misses the point and adds to the hype. I get it, the politicians are conniving scum and criminals. That’s in the job description. But a more important point seems to go unsaid. (If I’ve missed this in the mainstream coverage, forgive me.)

    In Mexico, several different gangs of thugs are battling for territorial control. Among these gangs is the “official” government of Mexico.

    Does anyone really believe that these asshats (any of the gangs) have no means to acquire fully automatic weapons and more? We’re lead to believe that stateless criminals (terrorists) can obtain nukes and dirty bombs on the black market, but millionaire norcotrafficantes must obtain semi-auto weapons from gun shops in southern Arizona? GIVE ME A F*CKING BREAK! I think the rat is much bigger than the media is pointing at. (Again, forgive me if this has gotten coverage somewhere.) Wrapped up in the hype is the assumption that these gangs *need access to guns* and that they have trouble getting them. Again, give me a break. I would be surprised if the *straw purchasers* WERE NOT in the employ of the government. I think we need a f*cking reality check here…