Rifle Purchased Through 'Fast And Furious' Program Found In El Chapo's Hideout

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
 Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

Nearly 1,400 firearms disappeared when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives botched what was known as the “Fast and Furious” gun program, in which U.S. officials traced low-level gun buyers believed to be purchasing weapons for Mexican drug cartels in 2010.

The gaffe was widely publicized when the U.S. Justice Department issued its report on the issue in 2012 as CNN reported, but it was generally forgotten until recently, when authorities found firearms related to the program in the hideout of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Los Mochis, Mexico.

The weapon found in the escaped drug lord’s hideout was a .50-caliber rifle capable of stopping a car, although it’s intended to take down a helicopter, Fox News reported. The find has not been officially confirmed by any named sources. 

Unnamed U.S. officials said it’s unclear how many of the weapons found in El Chapo’s hideout originated from the U.S. or how they were purchased. 

Sources: CNN, Fox News / Photo credit: La Real noticia/Flickr