A .50 cal rifle that came from the failed ATF gun-smuggling operation known as “fast and furious” was discovered this week in a location that has confirmed investigators’ worst fears.
Fast and Furious was a plan hatched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms which allowed criminals to buy 2,000 weapons which would be able to be tracked by the ATF.
Instead, 1,400 weapons were lost track of. Thus putting guns into the hands of violent drug cartels. Including that of El Chapo.
On the January 8th raid of El Chapo’s hideaway in Los Mochis, Mexico which lead to his arrest, two .50 cal rifles were found, one of which originated from the U.S.’s program.
These rifles are extremely powerful and there is not telling at this time just how many other U.S. weapons are being used by his cartel around Mexico.
No one was charged with crimes in the U.S. government for this failed operation.
From Fox News:
A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.
A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.
After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.
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