October 01, 2012
Some hard-nosed reporting by Spanish-language TV network Univision has uncovered evidence that the "gunwalking" techniques used in Arizona in the botched Fast & Furious investigation were also applied in other states by different ATF offices.
In Florida, the weapons from Operation Castaway ended up in the hands of criminals in Colombia, Honduras and Venezuela, the lead informant in the case told Univision News in a prison interview.
"When the ATF stopped me, they told me the guns were going to cartels," Hugh Crumpler, a Vietnam veteran turned arms trafficker, told Univision News. "The ATF knew before I knew and had been following me for a considerable length of time. They could not have followed me for two months like they said they did, and not know the guns were going somewhere, and not want for that to be happening."
Comparing U.S. and Mexican records, the network discovered 57 more guns linked to Fast & Furious and similar initiatives that had been used in murders and other crimes in Mexico.
The report opens with an account of how 20 hitmen, some armed with guns exported in Fast & Furious, struck a party where 60 high school and college students were celebrating a birthday. By the time the gunfire stopped, 14 were dead and another dozen wounded.
Though several ATF and Justice Department employees have been disciplined, it seems this story just won't go away, despite Attorney General Eric Holder's dismissal of it as a "witch hunt."