Mexican prosecutors stated that they have charged 7 people, including former senior officials, in the “Fast and Furious” weapon smuggling scandal.
MEXICO CITY-Mexican prosecutors said on Sunday that they had charged seven people, including former senior officials, in the “Fast and Furious” weapon smuggling scandal.
The murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010 exposed the botchedness of the “Fast and Furious” investigation, in which agents of the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Administration allowed crimes Molesters buy guns to track weapons.
But the agency lost most of its guns, including two guns found at the death scene of Terry in southern Arizona. The US government has been vigorously prosecuting the men involved in the killing.
Mexico claims that Mexican drug trafficking gangs and former officials also participated in or failed to prevent arms trafficking.
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said on Sunday that it had filed weapons smuggling charges against seven people in the more than 10 year-long case, including the country’s former senior police officer Genaro Garcia Luna and former Doug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman .
García Luna served as the head of security in the government of President Felipe Calderón from 2006 to 2012 and was the leader of the government’s fight against organized crime.
Also accused is the former federal police commander Luis Cardenas Palomino, who is considered to be García Luna’s right-hand man. Mexico has arrested Cardenas Palomino on charges of torture, and US prosecutors separately accused him of receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel.
Mexico also accused Guzman in the arms smuggling case, but he has already served a life sentence in Colorado.