Note: doing the math, 70 to 100 firearms? Where are the rest?
3 arrested in alleged gun trafficking ring
December 02, 2011 10:04 PM
McALLEN — Federal agents arrested three people accused of buying
assault rifles to be smuggled to Mexican drug cartels.
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted
surveillance outside an undisclosed gun retailer Thursday in McAllen.
A federal criminal complaint states the agents observed "what was
believed to be a straw purchase" at the gun shop.
Agents contacted their counterparts with the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who said they observed Waldo
Sanchez, 21; Rosa Garcia, 32; and Rolando "Guero" Cavazos, 34, pack
two brown boxes in the back seat of a blue car.
Inside the boxes were six AK-47 assault rifles, the complaint states.
Agents read Sanchez his rights, when he said he received money from
Cavazos to buy the guns.
Sanchez told agents he had bought about 28 firearms for Cavazos and
that he was paid $100 for each gun. Agents said Sanchez knew the guns
were being trafficked into Mexico.
Sanchez reckoned that he and Garcia, his girlfriend, had profited
between $7,000 to $10,000 for their straw purchasing scheme since
Straw purchasing involves a person purchasing firearms for someone
else — a violation of ATF regulations when a purchaser submits a
background check when buying a gun.
Cavazos told agents he received $200 for each gun he took from
Sanchez, the complaint states. Cavazos would then transfer the
firearms to another unknown person.
Jared Taylor covers courts and general assignments for The Monitor.
You can reach him at email@example.com or (956) 683-4439.
Note: Presentation from El Universal on arms trafficking
Note: for those who may of missed it; the spin continues. Don't
discount active and deliberate CYA efforts in any and all agency
How feds misled on ATF gun sting
Justice explains bad info given to senator
by Pete Yost - Dec. 2, 2011 10:33 PM
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department on Friday provided Congress with
documents detailing how department officials gave inaccurate
information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding
Operation Fast and Furious, a flawed law-enforcement initiative aimed
at dismantling major arms-trafficking networks on the southwestern
In a letter in February to Charles Grassley, ranking Republican on
the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said that the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had not sanctioned the sale
of assault weapons to a straw purchaser and that the agency makes
every effort to intercept weapons that have been purchased illegally.
In Operation Fast and Furious, both statements turned out to be
The Justice Department letter was responding to Grassley's statements
that the Senate Judiciary Committee had received allegations the ATF
had sanctioned the sale of hundreds of assault weapons to suspected
straw purchasers. Grassley also said there were allegations that two
of the assault weapons had been used in a shootout that killed
customs Agent Brian Terry.
In an e-mail four days later to Justice Department colleagues, then-
U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Phoenix said that "Grassley's
assertions regarding the Arizona investigation and the weapons
recovered" at the "murder scene are based on categorical falsehoods."
"I worry that ATF will take 8 months to answer this when they should
be refuting its underlying accusations right now," the e-mail added.
That e-mail marked the start of an internal debate in the Justice
Department over what and how much to say in response to Grassley's
allegations. The fact that there was an ongoing criminal
investigation into Terry's murder prompted some at the Justice
Department to argue for less disclosure.
Some of what turned out to be incorrect information was e-mailed to
Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice
Department's criminal division. Breuer sent an e-mail saying, "(L)
et's help as much as we can" in responding to Grassley.
The e-mails sent to Capitol Hill on Friday showed that Burke supplied
additional incorrect information to the Justice Department's criminal
division that ended up being forwarded to Breuer.
For example, Burke said the guns found at the Terry murder scene were
purchased at a Phoenix gun shop before Operation Fast and Furious
began. In fact, the operation was under way at the time, and the guns
found at the Terry murder scene were part of the probe.
Breuer was one of the recipients of that information. In written
comments this week to Grassley, Breuer said that he was on a three-
day official trip to Mexico at the time of the Justice Department
response and that he was aware of, but not involved in, drafting the
Justice Department statements to Grassley.
Breuer said he cannot say for sure whether he saw a draft of the
letter before it was sent to Grassley.
Where Burke got the inaccurate information is now part of an inquiry
conducted by the Inspector General's Office at the Justice Department.
Burke's information was followed by a three-day struggle in which
officials in the office of the deputy attorney general, the criminal
division and the ATF came up with what turned out to be an inaccurate
response to Grassley's assertions.
The process became so intensive that Breuer aide Jason Weinstein e-
mailed his boss, "The Magna Carta was easier to get done than this was."
A copy of the latest draft was attached to the e-mails.
Initial drafts of the letter reflected the hard tone of Burke's
unequivocal assertions that the allegations Grassley was hearing from
ATF agents were wrong. Later drafts were more measured, prompting
Burke to complain in one e-mail: "Every version gets weaker. We will
be apologizing (to Grassley) by tomorrow afternoon."
In another e-mail, Burke wrote, "By the way, what is so offensive
about this whole project" of response "is that Grassley's staff,
acting as willing stooges for the Gun Lobby, have attempted to
distract from the incredible success in dismantling" southwestern
border "gun trafficking operations" and "not uttering one word of
rightful praise and thanks to ATF -- but, instead, lobbing this
reckless despicable accusation that ATF is complicit in the murder of
a fellow federal law-enforcement officer."
Burke "provided what he believed to be accurate information to the
Department of Justice, as he always does," said Chuck Rosenberg,
It is unusual for Justice to provide such detail of its internal
deliberations as it did on Friday with Congress.
The department turned over 1,364 pages of material after concluding
"that we will make a rare exception to the department's recognized
protocols and provide you with information related to how the
inaccurate information came to be included in the letter," Deputy
Attorney General James Cole wrote Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-
Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The panel is looking into the Obama administration's handling of
Operation Fast and Furious.
The operation involved more than 2,000 weapons that were purchased by
straw buyers at Phoenix-area gun stores. Nearly 700 of the guns have
been recovered -- 276 in Mexico and 389 in the U.S., according to ATF
data as of Oct. 20.
Amid probes by Republicans in Congress and the inspector general, the
Justice Department in August replaced Burke and acting ATF Director
Republic reporter Dennis Wagner contributed to his article.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/
Note: Uzi picked up in Mazatlan, they have been issued in limited
numbers to police in this city and others. Personally verified
couple in hands of locals in Mazatlan last Jan.
Revisa Ejército una camioneta y encuentra una ametralladora Uzi
Es detenido un individuo que portaba una subametralladora marca Uzi
en una camioneta
MAZATLÁN._Un individuo que portaba una subametralladora marca Uzi en
una camioneta, fue detenido por elementos de la Tercera Región
Militar que realizaban patrullajes de vigilancia en calles de la
El aprehendido fue identificado por personal de la Procuraduría
General de la República como Irving Zepeda Juárez, de 38 años, con
domicilio en el sitio de la captura.
La detención ocurrió a las 14:10 horas de ayer, por la calle Luis
Zúñiga, entre Carvajal y Antonio Rosales.
Los militares al circular por la Luis Zúñiga observaron a Zepeda
Juárez cuando conducía una camioneta Dodge Caravan, con placas de
circulación VLX-1030 en actitud sospechosa.
Los militares lo siguieron hasta su vivienda, ahí lo revisaron y le
encontraron una subametralladora marca Uzi, calibre 9 milímetros con
ocho cartuchos útiles.
Los soldados revisaron seis establecimientos comerciales en la zona,
entre los que destacan una llantera vulcanizadora, una bodega y un
taller de motocicletas.
El arma, el detenido y el vehículo fueron trasladados a la
Subdelegación B de Procedimientos Penales adscrito a la PGR en donde
quedaron a disposición de la Agencia del Ministerio Público de la
Federación que definirá su situación legal.
El aprehendido durante el operativo.
Irving Zepeda Juárez
Cuenta con 38 años de edad
Vive en la Colonia Centro
Los elementos del Ejército revisaron seis establecimientos en la
zona, entre ellos una llantera vulcanizadora, una bodega y un taller