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Police Chief Killed With Rifle Lost in ATF Gun-Tracking Program
Los Angeles Times ^ | July 5, 2013 | Richard A. Serrano

Posted on 07/07/2013 6:30:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.

Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded.

Local authorities said eight suspects in their 20s and 30s were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons — rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms and special communications equipment. The area is a hot zone for rival drug gangs, with members of three cartels fighting over turf in the region.

A semi-automatic WASR rifle, the firearm that killed the chief, was traced back to the Lone Wolf Trading Company, a gun store in Glendale, Ariz. The notation on the Department of Justice trace records said the WASR was used in a “HOMICIDE – WILLFUL – KILL –PUB OFF –GUN” –ATF code for “Homicide, Willful Killing of a Public Official, Gun.”

Hundreds of firearms were lost in the Fast and Furious operation. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed illegal purchasers to buy the firearms at the Lone Wolf store in the Phoenix suburb and other gun shops in hopes of tracing them to Mexican cartel leaders.

The WASR used in Jalisco was purchased on Feb. 22, 2010, about three months into the Fast and Furious operation, by 26-year-old Jacob A. Montelongo of Phoenix. He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy, making false statements and smuggling

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Mexico
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; banglist; benghazi; fastandfurious; gunwalker; impeachnow; irs

1 posted on 07/07/2013 6:30:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

there was no tracing or tracking, no exploration of the vector, simply waiting for incidents exactly like this one.


2 posted on 07/07/2013 6:35:11 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: nickcarraway

The firearms weren’t exactly lost. Knowing where they were was never part of the plan.


3 posted on 07/07/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: nickcarraway

Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama, simply the worst thing to ever happen to this country..


4 posted on 07/07/2013 6:42:29 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Skip impeachment and move straight to deportation..)
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To: cardinal4

Amen!


5 posted on 07/07/2013 6:43:30 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: nickcarraway

Sort of like the thousands of tax refunds sent to the same Atlanta address.

Another bloated executive branch agency with not enough manpower and funding to do their jobs correctly, but plenty of both to go on politically motivated witch hunts.


6 posted on 07/07/2013 6:47:36 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: nickcarraway
What difference does it make,,, who got killed, the fact is we need to take all of the guns,,, before the general public gets up to speed on what we have been doing ,,, in congress,,, for the past decade, ‘Cause they gunna be pissed if they find out.
7 posted on 07/07/2013 6:48:45 PM PDT by stormryter (How much is enough.)
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To: nickcarraway
??? The LA Times is reporting this?

Did Koch Bros. already by it or are some reporters just hedging their bets, hoping to keep a job by reporting the news?

8 posted on 07/07/2013 6:49:41 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: nickcarraway

In the real world that would make Holder and Soetero accessories to Murder.


9 posted on 07/07/2013 6:53:16 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Colorado Doug

Why did the LA Times not reference this firearm as an ASSAULT WEAPON OR ASSAULT RIFLE? They do with every other firearm.


10 posted on 07/07/2013 6:54:13 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (')
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To: nickcarraway
simply more proof guns coming from America are killing people so they should all be BANNED... right???
11 posted on 07/07/2013 7:03:17 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cardinal4

“Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama, simply the worst thing to ever happen to this country..”

And Mexico apparently.


12 posted on 07/07/2013 7:13:00 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: nickcarraway

... This is actually OLD news that surfaced quite a while ago so it is hardly very ground breaking .... what is surprising though is that the L.A. Times is actually reporting it!!! They must be suffering a sudden attack of something that is called “Journalism.” They better be careful .... people might actually read an issue or two if they keep this up!


13 posted on 07/07/2013 7:33:03 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: nickcarraway
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14 posted on 07/07/2013 7:45:26 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: nickcarraway
Wassenaar Arrangement Semiautomatic Rifles
Romanian made, I think and come in several calibers, even 22LR. Though I doubt even the LAT would refer to a 22 as “High Powered”
15 posted on 07/07/2013 7:53:50 PM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: nickcarraway

This Obama, Holder, & Co. really don’t care WHO they punk, do they???

If we didn’t believe in evil spells before last November’s election, we should now.


16 posted on 07/07/2013 7:58:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s one horror story after another. Day after day.


17 posted on 07/07/2013 8:23:43 PM PDT by Selene
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To: nickcarraway

Obama - It’s George Zimmerman’s fault.

He’s been a good “Goldstein” so far, why not focus theblame for this on George, too?


18 posted on 07/07/2013 8:44:25 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Correct No tracing/tracking of the firearms including guns sold from govt. inventory & no accounting for the money received for those weapons, for all you or I can find out it might even be in a U.S. Attorney’s retirement account in the Cayman islands.


19 posted on 07/07/2013 9:07:57 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: nickcarraway
Those gefugnete bastards! May they burn in the everlasting fires of Gehenna!



"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

20 posted on 07/07/2013 9:14:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: nickcarraway

F&F should be #1 on the House agenda every day. We get the truth or nothing moves in the House.


21 posted on 07/07/2013 9:33:13 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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