A weapon that was used to kill two Mexico policemen has been linked back to the U.S. government’s unsuccessful gun trafficking investigation, operation Fast and Furious.
The Fast and Furious program ran from 2009 to 2011 and was operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. From the bureau’s base in Arizona, government agents attempted to combat the Mexican drug cartel by selling guns to buyers who would take them across the border, hoping they could trace the firearms to cartel leaders, according to Fox News.
U.S. government officials hoped the guns, which would be illegally obtained, could be used to build a legal case against cartel members.
But the Arizona agents lost track of about 2,000 of the guns they sold, and many guns have been suspected to have come into the hands of members of the Mexican drug cartel, according to the New York Times.
The gun that was used to kill Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, a Mexican chief of police, was recently tied back to the Fast and Furious operation.
Astorga was shot and killed Jan. 29 in Hostotipaquillo, Mexico. His bodyguard also died in the same shooting.
The Obama administration came under fire for the failure of the Fast and Furious operation, but Democratic officials have tried to frame the program as part of a series of investigations dating back to 2006 and not stemming solely from the Democrat-led government.
The guns lost in the investigation have been used to kill or wound about 210 people.