Weapons From Failed ATF ‘Fast & Furious’ Program Found a Violent Crime Scene in Maricopa County
Angel Hernandez Diaz was arrested in 2010 when he slammed into two DPS vehicles while trying to evade members of the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force. (ABC15)
Weapons from the failed ATF “Fast and Furious” were found at the crime scene in Maricopa County in Arizona.
FOX News reported:
Authorities confirm a weapon from the failed ATF program ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ was found at a violent crime scene in Maricopa, Az. in 2010. This is the latest in a series of cases where Fast and Furious guns have been linked to violent crimes across the U.S. and Mexico.
The two guns found at the scene were an AK-47 and a Beretta pistol, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The AK-47 is linked to Fast and Furious, according to ATF. The weapons were found inside a stolen truck in March 2010 after the driver slammed into two DPS vehicles while trying to evade members of the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force, ABC 15 reports.
The driver, Angel Hernandez Diaz, was reportedly arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle, aggravated assault on an officer with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon, theft of means of transportation and misconduct involving a weapon, according to court documents.
Fast and Furious was an operation launched in late 2009 by the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to follow gun purchasers in hopes that suspects would lead investigators to the heads of Mexican cartels. But hundreds of high-powered rifles and other guns ended up in Mexico, and many now accuse the ATF and the Justice Department of letting the guns “walk” even after safety concerns were raised.