According to a Justice Department watchdog group, it appears that the “Operation Fast and Furious” fiasco might have a part 2. The group says that Federal agents and prosecutors made a ridiculous amount of errors while investigating a U.S. citizen who was smuggling military surplus grenade components into Mexico for conversion into real grenades that cartel’s could use. (H/T FoxNews)
The highly critical report stated that the ATF “did not adequately consider the risk to public safety in the United States and Mexico created by the subjects’ illegal activities.”
Sound familiar? That’s exactly what happened during the extremely controversial “Operation Fast and Furious” campaign, an ATF gun-running operation that ended up an epic failure, and was responsible for putting weapons into the hands of the bad guys, which were used to kill at least one border patrol agent, Brian Terry, in 2010. The weapons from the botched operation often turn up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States.
As the ATF investigated Jean Baptiste Kingery, the man suspected of running grenade parts across the border, they intercepted two shipments of the parts, which were purchased from an online surplus dealer, and made a decision to let the parts be delivered, after being marked for tracking purposes, in an effort to set up a sting, instead of arresting Kingery for the illegal activity and stopping the grenade parts at their source.
Unfortunately the oversight of the operation must have stopped there, because the agency came under scrutiny when grenade hulls bearing the same markings were later found in the aftermath of cartel battles with Mexican police.
One prosecutor said that Kingery was not arrested because the ATF wanted him as an informant. But the ATF never used Kingery as an informant, and according to the report, prosecutors refused to bring charges against him at the time.
When Kingery eventually returned to Mexico, he was arrested and charged with violating organized crime laws. Thankfully, Mexican authorities had the common sense to make the arrest.