Fast and Furious: “walked” grenade used in firefight that killed three Mexican cops

Posted by: Phineas on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

**Posted by Phineas

More murderous fruit of a “felony stupid” operation:

CBS News has learned of a shocking link between a deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexican police last week and a controversial case in the U.S. The link is one of the grenades used in the violent fight, which killed three policemen and four cartel members and was captured on video by residents in the area.

According to a Justice Department “Significant Incident Report” filed Tuesday and obtained by CBS News, evidence connects one of the grenades to Jean Baptiste Kingery, an alleged firearms trafficker U.S. officials allowed to operate for years without arresting despite significant evidence that he was moving massive amounts of grenade parts and ammunition to Mexico’s ruthless drug cartels.

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In 2009, ATF also learned Kingery was dealing in grenades; weapons of choice for Mexico’s killer cartels. Documents show they developed a secret plan to let him smuggle parts to Mexico in early 2010 and follow him to his factory. Some ATF agents vehemently objected, worried that Kingery would disappear once he crossed the border into Mexico. That’s exactly what happened.

Kingery resurfaced several months later in 2010, trying to smuggle a stash of grenade bodies and ammunition into Mexico, but was again let go when prosecutors allegedly said they couldn’t build a good case. In 2011, Mexican authorities finally raided Kingery’s factory and arrested him — they say he confessed to teaching cartel members how to build grenades and convert semi-automatic weapons to automatic.

This is a variant on the “Gunwalker” plot we’ve all come to know and love: instead of allowing a straw buyer to illegally purchase firearms in the US to smuggle to psycho drug cartels in Mexico, the ATF let Kingery buy parts here and assemble them in his workshop in Mexico. And, just like the thousands of arms they let walk across the border, the boobs at ATF and Justice lost Kingery, too.

And now three more Mexican police are dead, and the Obama-Holder Department of Justice has more blood on its hands.

RELATED: Earlier posts on Operation Fast and Furious. And here’s why Eric Holder could not have known what was going on — OCDETF.

UPDATE: Fixed the headline to more accurately reflect the CBS story.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Fast and Furious: “walked” grenade used in firefight that killed three Mexican cops”

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  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    One unanswered question still remains: What was the law enforcement objective of this fiasco? There was not one.

    “There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.”–Napoleon I

  2. Radical Redneck says:

    More people have applied to live on Mars than have for Obamacare

    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-09/12/over-200000-apply-to-live-on-mars

    BWA-HA-HA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    FAIL!:d

  3. Carlos says:

    One thing that’s become obvious in the last couple of years is that this administration is no more concerned about the at least hundreds of Mexican lives lost that their actions have directly resulted in than they are about the lives of at least two government agents whose lives were lost as a direct result of all this or the lives lost in Benghazi as a result of not giving a damn about protecting Americans.

    In other words, his royal highness and his hiney-sniffers are more concerned about golf outings and vacations than upholding the oath he swore on Inauguration Day.

    And what about the corruption in the Mexican government that prevents them from taking the U.S. to either the U.N. or the International Court over the threat to their sovereignty over all this? Exactly what has this administration threatened them with (that’s the Chicago way) that’s that important?