Fast and Furious High-Powered Assault Weapons Were Seized at Drug Cartel Enforcer’s Home

This arsenal uncovered by police in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in April turned out to include weapons from the ATF’s ill-fated Fast and Furious operation. (La Policiaca)

Mexiacan authorities seized 24 AK-47 rifles, two rifles, Barrett 50-caliber antiaircraft machine gun Brawning caliber 30 caliber rifle sniper 308 for a 40 mm caliber grenade launcher and three 308 mm caliber guns at the location.

High-powered assault weapons were found at a drug cartel enforcer’s home in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in April.
The LA Times reported:

High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF’s Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.

In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad Juarez, according to federal court records and trace documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The smugglers’ tactics — quickly moving the weapons far from ATF agents in southern Arizona, where it had been assumed they would circulate — vividly demonstrate that what had been viewed as a local problem was much larger. Six other Fast and Furious guns destined for El Paso were recovered in Columbus, N.M.

“These Fast and Furious guns were going to Sinaloans, and they are killing everyone down there,” said one knowledgeable U.S. government source, who asked for anonymity because of the ongoing investigations. “But that’s only how many we know came through Texas. Hundreds more had to get through.”

Torres Marrufo, also known as “the Jaguar,” has been identified by U.S. authorities as the enforcer for Sinaloa cartel chieftain Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman. The Fast and Furious weapons were found at one of Torres Marrufo’s homes.

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  • Sickofobama

    Nothing to see here folks.

    Holder misunderstood.

    It’s Bush’ fault.

  • JenBee

    Oh yeah, screw Solyndra, I think THIS is the scandal that will bring down the Obama administration… as it should. I think once the meme “Why doesn’t the media care about 100 dead Mexicans?” really gains traction, Teh One is finished. How could he possibly win the Latino vote with that dragging on him?

  • Robert

    Time for the Texas Rangers to join with the Arizona Sheriffs
    in working against the criminals in the federal government.

  • Enough Is Enough

    Is anyone really surprised?

  • bobdog

    “Mexiacan authorities seized 24 AK-47 rifles, two rifles, Barrett 50-caliber antiaircraft machine gun Brawning caliber 30 caliber rifle sniper 308 for a 40 mm caliber grenade launcher and three 308 mm caliber guns at the location.”

    I wrote a paragraph like that once, Jim. But I quit drinking. ;o)

    More to the point, this just documents what anyone who’s been paying attention to this taxpayer funded, government sponsored clusterfu** already intuitively knows. I’m shocked – SHOCKED! – to hear that these weapons have found their way to Mexiacan criminals.

  • Militant Conservative

    I see a pod mounted maw duece and two .50 cal sniper rifles. Lots of AK 47’s and a few

    AR-15’s. Lots of magazines for the lot. Not a bad collection but really not much ammo.

    In the bad guys hands this is a nasty situation. Holder is going down.

    No statue of limitations on murder or accessory to murder. American citizens died

    due to Holder and possibly Obama/Hillary.

    powder is dry

  • Multitude

    There is a remarkably important but so far, unspoken perspective to this story:

    Barack Obama prides himself on being a radical anti-colonialist. He finds no rationale that justifies British, Dutch and American imperial colonization that his father and other mentors taught him of growing up. This is as close to a core of identity that we find in Obama. This hatred of imperial hegemony is what has driven him his whole life and forced the associations with the Leninist Progressives, the Communists, Marxists, etc.

    Yet Fast and Furious is hard proof that Obama is himself a “inferior brown killing imperialist” when it comes to a need to attain political gain. We know for certain that the evidence currently confirms that Obama has full knowledge now, yet has done absolutely nothing to stop this killing of “lesser brown people” in Mexico. He has not removed his AG but protected him. He has authorized the coverup by refusing to demand otherwise. Regardless of whether he directed this action in order to facilitate his attack on white Americans that own guns, he has allowed through inaction the people of the South to be killed for his political gains.

    Obama is an imperialist. Any set of anti-colonialist principals he once had have been cashed in for power. He’s already undergone the same transformation we find in Lenin and Mao. Power has already corrupted.

    That this man has done absolutely nothing with the blood of hundreds on his hands, that he’s personally executing American citizens through unconstitutional drone strikes, is sufficient evidence he’ll gladly embrace genocide in this country in order to sustain and grow power. Any Occupy Wall Street protester who supports this President is guilty themselves of crimes against the people.

  • Francis

    “Why doesn’t the media care about 100 dead Mexicans?”

    Why don’t the supporters of modern-day prohibition care about the 40,000-plus Mexicans who have died since 2006 as a direct result of the war on drugs? There’s simply no disputing the fact that the reason the (non-alcohol, non-tobacco) drug trade is so violent is because of prohibition. When you send armed agents of the state to confiscate sellers’ profits and lock them in cages you are introducing violence. You also render contracts unenforceable and make it impossible for competitors to use the courts or police to challenge intimidation or settle disputes. You make the drug trade extremely profitable (Econ 101: risk demands compensation), providing violent criminal gangs with billions in (tax-free!) profits. And you ensure that the gangs that rise to the top of the illicit drug trade and become the most powerful will be absolutely ruthless. (Ruthlessness provides a competitive advantage under the black market conditions you’ve created.)

    And by the way, I’m not a liberal. I’m a conservative-leaning libertarian. I oppose 99% of Obama’s policies. I didn’t vote for him in ’08, and I won’t be voting for him in ’12. I also think that Fast and Furious is a potentially impeachment-worthy scandal. But I think that Obama’s support for the war on drugs is also a scandal, and one that’s done infinitely more damage.


    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall….

  • Robert

    From the article:

    Weekly reports from U.S. intelligence authorities to the Justice Department in the summer of 2010, at the height of Fast and Furious, warned about the proliferation of guns reaching the Sinaloa cartel.”

    This HAD to have been discussed at the highest levels. There is no way any lower personnel would take this risk on themselves without approval.


    how abouth we fast and furiously put holder/hillary/and odumbass in jail

  • chuck in st paul

    Hey! I recognize that .30 Cal. BMG. I bought one just like it at the local gun show. They were on sale… as long as you could attest that you were taking them out of the country. [/sarc]

  • jorgen

    Torres “the Jaguar” Marrufo and Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman are apparently a light-colored version of “Holder’s people”.

  • big L

    does FnF fall into the area of “…preserve,protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”?
    If a high govt official, like a cabinet-officer gets charged with 2nd degree murder or accessory to murder in a state court, would that be considered also a charge of High crimes and mis-demeanors? And even if the charge is thrown out, or is unenforceable for several years, can a govt stand with several of the high officals charged with a capital crime?
    Are their powerful old donks left that will go to these people and tell them to resign?

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  • eric holders

    i count about 87 gunz.

  • Whistleblower

    They picked Chicago as their headquarters for a reason. Go back to Illinois for answers.
    U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has been protecting all of them ! See for yourself.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    torres ‘the jaguar” marrufo, jaoquin “chapo” guzman the kind of people the american politican wants to colonize america with.

    #7 if obama is such an anti-colonialist why is he and all liberals in favor of the colonization of the united states that the politicans have been doing since 1980.

  • JenBee

    Francis, some will think us crazy, but I agree. The potential good for legalizing at least marijuana far outweighs the bad of continuing to keep it illegal — think of all the tax money the government could collect off the legal sale of drugs; serious drug abusers would be able to be identified and could be coerced into treatment in order to continue to be able to buy their drugs legally; and the best part would be the rendering impotent of drug cartels and gangs. However, when you consider what a huge industry the war on drugs has built, you realize there’s no way the government would ever consider legalizing any drug… think of the prison industry, building new and high-tech prisons; the unions for the guards would lose their collective mind at the prospect of losing their jobs; the huge, bloated judiciary needed to try and sentence drug dealers and users; etc. It’ll never happen.

  • Ivan

    Erica must be crappin his pants right about now. Oh wait, it was Bush’s fault.