While we were focused on Obama holding the country hostage over the debt ceiling and the funding of the government, it seems another scandal was being exposed! Kudos to a true reporter, Sharyl Attkisson.
CBS News has learned of a shocking link between a deadly drug cartel
shootout with Mexican police last week and a controversial case in the
U.S. The link is one of the grenades used in the violent fight, which
killed three policemen and four cartel members and was captured on video
by residents in the area.
According to a Justice Department "Significant Incident Report"
filed Tuesday and obtained by CBS News, evidence connects one of the
grenades to Jean Baptiste Kingery, an alleged firearms trafficker U.S.
officials allowed to operate for years without arresting despite
significant evidence that he was moving massive amounts of grenade parts
and ammunition to Mexico's ruthless drug cartels.
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The gun battle took place last week in Guadalajara. Authorities say
five members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel used at least nine
firearms and ten hand grenades against Mexican police. If one of the
grenades was supplied with the help of Kingery, as believed, it adds to
the toll of lives taken with weapons trafficked by suspects U.S.
officials watched but did not stop.
The Kingery case was overseen by the same Arizona U.S. Attorney and ATF office that let suspects traffic thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels
in the operation dubbed Fast and Furious. The strategy was to try to
get to the cartel kingpins, but it was halted after CBS News reported
that Fast and Furious weapons were used by cartel thugs in the murder of
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry
on December 15, 2010. Weapons trafficked by other ATF suspects under
surveillance were used two months later in the cartel murder of
Immigration and Customs Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico on February 15, 2011.
On Wednesday, ATF told CBS News it has "no information" about the Kingery connection to last week's gun battle in Mexico.
As CBS News previously reported, documents show ATF began watching Kingery in "2004 related to AK47 purchases" he was believed to be trafficking to Mexico.
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