MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials announced on Sunday that they had prosecuted seven people in the “Fast and Furious” arms trafficking scandal, including former high officials.
The shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010 brought to light the mishandled “Fast and Furious” investigation, in which agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives permitted criminals to obtain guns with the aim of tracking them down.
However, the majority of the firearms were lost by the agency, including two that were discovered near the scene of Terry’s death in southern Arizona. The men implicated in the killing have been vigorously sought by the US authorities.
‘Fast and Furious’ gun trafficking
Mexican criminal gangs and former officials, according to Mexico, were also involved in or failed to stop the weapons trafficking. In the more than decade-old case, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced Sunday that it had filed weapons trafficking accusations against seven persons, including the country’s former top police official, Genaro Garcia Luna, and former durg lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Garcia Luna was arrested in Texas in 2019 and is currently facing charges of allegedly shielding a drug group in the United States. His extradition to Mexico has been requested to face charges of unlawful enrichment. Garcia Luna led the government’s fight against organised crime while serving as security chief under President Felipe Calderon from 2006 until 2012.
Former Federal Police commander Luis Cardenas Palomino, who was regarded Garcia Luna’s right-hand man, was also charged. Cardenas Palomino has previously been jailed in Mexico on charges of torture, and US prosecutors have accused him of taking millions of dollars in payments from the Sinaloa cartel.
Guzman was also indicted in the weapons trafficking case in Mexico, although he already has a life sentence in Colorado.