Project Gunrunner is a project of the U. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ATF intended to stem the flow of firearms into Mexico, in an attempt to deprive the Mexican drug cartels of weapons. The primary tactic of Project Gunrunner is interdiction of straw purchasers and unlicensed dealers to prevent legal guns from entering the black market; between andsuch cases involving 1, offenders and 12, firearms were referred for prosecution. In earlythe project became controversial when it was revealed that Operation Wide Receiver — and Operation Fast and Furious — You Can Tie Me Down - Special Generation - Butterflies allowed guns to "walk" into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Project Gunrunner is also part of the Department of Justice 's broader Southwest Border Initiative, which seeks to reduce cross-border drug and firearms trafficking and the high level of violence associated with these activities on both sides of the border. ATF had determined that the Mexican cartels had become the leading gun trafficking organizations operating in the southwest U.
ATF announced a goal to deploy eTrace software to all thirty-one states within the Republic of Mexico. As part of eTrace expansion, ATF continues to provide training to Mexican and Central American countries to ensure that the technology is utilized to a greater extent. A planned second phase will release the Gunrunner - Propaganda - Gunrunner / Life Like to all Spanish-speaking countries with agreements with ATF.
This money was primarily slated for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the southern border; and, in high-intensity drug trafficking areas, to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the southern border. The use of "stimulus" money to fund Project Gunrunner is controversial, given the ATF Phoenix Field Division's reported initiative of allowing known criminals to purchase guns in an effort to gain intelligence on the cartels Operation Fast and Furious.
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ATF also works closely with these agencies' task forces which operate along the Southwest border, sharing intelligence, and conducting joint investigations. By earlyProject Gunrunner had resulted in approximately cases by ATF, in which more than 1, defendants were referred for prosecution in federal and state courts and more than 12, firearms were involved. According to the U. Department of State, ATF anticipated conducting numerous additional courses in these subject areas in ATF reported they analyzed firearms seizures in Mexico from FY and identified Gunrunner - Propaganda - Gunrunner / Life Like following weapons most commonly used by drug traffickers.
The number of trace requests from Mexico Gunrunner - Propaganda - Gunrunner / Life Like increased since FYbut most seized guns in Mexico have not been traced as only guns originally from the United States are traced. ATF Project Gunrunner has a stated official objective to stop the sale and export of guns from the United States into Mexico in order to deny Mexican drug cartels the firearms considered "tools of the trade".
In Octoberdocuments were released that indicated Justice Department officials were sent memos in regard to Operation Fast and Furious in Some ATF agents and supervisors strongly objected, and gun dealers who were cooperating with ATF protested the sales, but were asked by ATF to complete the transactions to expose the supply chain and gather intelligence. As of a Aufm Trip - Andi Teller - Radical Destruction, total of Fast and Furious firearms were recovered in the United States, and were recovered in Mexico.
However, at least 1, guns were allowed to walk. The Body Is A Clear Place - Virginia Wing - Measures Of Joy U. InBorder Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered in a shootout in Arizona with drug cartel members. Cartel member Manuel Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty in to first-degree murder in the case and was sentenced in to 30 years in prison; according to Osorio-Arellanes, four other cartel members perpetrated the attack.
Two rifles from the "Fast and Furious" operation were found at the scene of the crime, but there is no evidence proving that Terry was killed with either of those guns. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mexican Drug War. Main article: ATF gunwalking scandal.
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