Friday, October 19, 2012

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 19-10-12


Note: don't need no stinking ten years

First Fast And Furious Defendant Sentenced
By Michel Marizco
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
First Fast And Furious Defendant Sentenced

TUCSON, Ariz. — The first of the defendants at the heart of the
failed gunwalking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious has
been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge sentenced Danny Cruz Morones to nearly five years in
prison for his part in the 20-man gunbuying operation. The gunrunners
would buy the weapons at a Phoenix gun store and then smuggle them
into Mexico. Unknown to the gunrunners, federal agents were quietly
monitoring the buys but allowing the sales and the trafficking to go

Morones' trial was carried out in San Diego. The U.S. Attorney's
Office in Arizona had to recuse itself from the strawbuyer case after
two of those guns were discovered at the murder scene of Border
Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were largely held responsible for
the Fast and Furious operation.

Records show that the Mexican Army caught Morones with four AK-47
rifles as he tried to Tijuana. He admitted to helping smuggle another
six. Another 19 defendants await sentencing.

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