Fast and Furious weapons tied to high profile killing in Mexico

Abducted Mario Gonzalez surrounded by drug cartel enforcers just before his murder. Photo credit: Police One. Click on the image to enlarge.


Jim Kouri
Law Enforcement Examiner

The news emanating from the United States regarding the political firestorm of Operation Furious and Furious and its connection to the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, has renewed interest in another murder that’s linked to the controversial gunrunning operation, a drug enforcement official formerly assigned to duty in Mexico told the Law Enforcement Examiner on Sunday.

According to the drug enforcement source, Mario Gonzalez, the brother of a Mexican law enforcement official, was abducted in 2011 by Mexican drug cartel enforcers who then tortured him and forced him to make a bogus confession al-la al-Qaeda-style videotaping. When the video was completed, the cartel killers savagely executed him.

While American officials offered their condolences to the sister of cartel’s victim, they never dreamed at the time that the weapons used by those cartel enforcers were firearms that U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed to be smuggled into Mexico and into the hands of vicious cartel members, said the Law Enforcement Examiner source who requested anonymity.

According to several government and news media reports, U.S. ATF agents had allowed AK-47 assault rifles — later found in the killers’ arsenal — to be smuggled across the border under the notorious Fast and Furious gun-walking program…

The article continues at Law Enforcement Examiner.

CAJ note: In this article from July 2011, FNC’s William Lajeunesse reported the murder of Mario Gonzales Rodriguez.

UpdateEric Holder ‘Fast and Furious’ contempt vote to be held Thursday

…If the House votes to hold him in contempt, Holder would be the first U.S. attorney general in history held in contempt of Congress. The matter would be referred to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia — a Justice Department employee and Obama administration appointee — who would have to decide whether to bring criminal charges against the attorney general, his boss.

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