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Mexican Cartel Leader’s High-Powered Rifle Reopens Fast And Furious Probe – OpEd

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U.S. law enforcement officials have confirmed that a powerful .50-caliber rifle had been discovered in the Mexican hideout of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s that is linked to the controversial Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) clandestine gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, news sources confirmed this week to Conservative Base.

The .50-caliber rifle is known for its effectiveness during military combat against helicopters such as Apaches and Black Hawks.

Following early January’s raid in the Mexican city of Los Mochis, police and military officials discovered several weapons inside El Chapo’s residence, including the Fast and Furious-linked .50 caliber rifle, said former U.S. drug enforcement agent Kevin McGinty.

“U.S. ATF agents processed the eight firearms found in El Chapo’s residence and were surprised to find that one of the two .50-caliber weapons was part of the ATF gun smuggling program,” said McGinty, an expert in Mexican organized crime. “Just when the Obama administration believed the Fast and Furious scandal was behind them, this case opens up the same can of worms that embarrassed law enforcement. Even more embarrassing was the fact no one — not one person — was charged and prosecuted for the politically-motivated snafu,” he added.

Of the roughly 2,000 weapons smuggled into Mexico by the ATF and then sold through Fast and Furious to Mexican crime figures, 34 of them were .50-caliber rifles that can take stop a truck or bring down a police of military helicopter, according to officials.

“I think what needs to be done is for prosecutors to make a deal with El Chapo to pursue the allegation that Fast and Furious was planned and initiated by the ATF to give more credence to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s assertion that Mexico’s violence and extreme homicide rate are fault of Americans as a result of U.S. weapons being easily purchased and carried into Mexico for use by that nation’s organized crime gangs,” said Peter MacNeil, a police firearms instructor. “Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, probably came up with the actual plan, would be my guess,” added MacNeil.

One of the most tragic consequences of the Fast and Furious fiasco was the killing of a U.S. law enforcement agent, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry by a shooter using one of the undercover operation’s firearms. There were also reports that a brother of a Mexican attorney general was also killed with one of the weapons as were a number of El Chapo rivals and innocent civilians.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, issued the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled the Obama administration cannot use executive privilege to keep Operation Fast and Furious records from Congress:

“Today’s decision will help us advance the Fast & Furious investigation into this administration’s gun running operation. After allowing guns to walk, the administration’s attempt to hide behind executive privilege only adds insult to injury. While the decision doesn’t give us access to all the documents, it is an important step forward. We will continue investigating until we get to the truth.”

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Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he's a columnist for Examiner.com. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

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