Yet another missing gun from the disastrous Operation Fast and Furious has turned up after a deadly Mexican shoot-out last month at a popular beach resort 62 miles from the Arizona border, according to a new report from CNN.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discovered through tracing that an “AK-47 style” gun found at the crime scene was one of the approximately 1,400 firearms the agency lost track of during the botched gun-walking operation that ran from September 2009 through December 2010 that allowed over 2,000 weapons to fall into the hands of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartels.
Those guns were used in the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and also, allegedly, in the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata.
The most recent shoot-out between Mexican authorities and members of a drug cartel occurred on December 18 in the “popular-with-Americans” beach resort of Puerto Peñasco, known as “Rocky Point” by Arizona and California tourists, CNN’s Evan Pérez reported.
Five of the suspected cartel gunmen were killed.
“Witnesses reported hours of shooting and grenade explosions, with Mexican authorities using helicopters to attack fleeing suspected cartel gunmen on the ground,” and in fact, an American tourist caught the sounds of gunfire and the helicopter on video, which CNN aired on Tuesday.
The ATF issued a statement to CNN “acknowledging” that Fast and Furious guns will keep showing up at crime scenes:
The ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.
To date, the Terry family awaits justice from an Obama administration that has yet to hold anyone accountable for the disastrous and deadly Operation Fast and Furious, and has continued to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from Congressional allegations he was complicit in a cover-up.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley noted as much in a statement he gave Tuesday to CNN after its report:
In Operation Fast and Furious, the Mexican drug cartels found an easy way to supplement their own illegal ways. Worse yet, the Obama administration has yet to publicly hold anyone accountable for this disastrous policy. Unfortunately, guns from Fast and Furious will be found in operations like this for years to come.
Watch the report, with video from the shootout, via CNN here:
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