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article imageMexican police chief latest victim of Fast and Furious

By Jerry Nelson     Jul 7, 2013 in World
Phoenix - It was quiet in Hostotipaquillo as Luis turned the corner towards home. Next to him in the front seat was his wife and in the back were two body guards. He glanced at his wife, still amazed at how beautiful she was after all these years.
He caught her eye and she smiled at him. He smiled back and turned his face to the road in front.
Three men with rifles and body arms stepped out in front of the slow moving car. Luis stepped hard on the brakes making the old Buick skid on the broken asphalt.
As the gunmen lowered their rifles on him and his wife, Luis marched the gearshift into reverse and stomped on the gas. Behind him, also with automatic rifles, five men opened fire.
Luis and the body guard that sat behind him were killed instantly. His wife and the other body guard were seriously wounded but would live.
A vigilante takes a break in the Sonoran desert while on the lookout for gun and human smugglers.
A vigilante takes a break in the Sonoran desert while on the lookout for gun and human smugglers.
It was another act of violence deep inside Mexico that was perpetrated by more than just the men with the rifles.
Somewhere in the background stood U.S. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun running program established by Holder and approved by Obama, Fast and Furious, had just claimed two more victims.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times Hostoipaquilla Police Chief Luis Astorga was killed with weapons that were lost in the Fast and Furious gun running operation.
Eight men, in their 20s and 30s were arrested after being seized nearby with weapons including grenades, handguns as well as special communications equipment.
Hundreds of weapons lost during the Fast and Furious operation were allowed to be purchased illegally at Lone Wolf and other gun shops in the area in hopes of tracking them to Mexican cartel leaders.
The author holding the AR15 assault rifle he was given for protection while on a story in the Sonora...
The author holding the AR15 assault rifle he was given for protection while on a story in the Sonoran Desert south of Phoenix.
Operation Fast and Furious was run by the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) field office in Arizona. The grand idea was to sell guns to buyers and then follow the guns in the black market as they crossed the US/Mexican border at sasabe with the expectation that the guns would learn US Federal agents to cartel leaders like pigeons following a trail of breadcrumbs.
As is typical of US run ideas, this one failed miserably. Hundreds of guns were lost in the operation and approximately 210 people have either been killed or wounded by these guns that were supposedly being tracked by ATF.
In 2010 US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was fatally shot and his death triggered several Capitol Hill investigations and a vote by the Republican-controlled Congress to hold Eric Holder in contempt.
The specific WASR semi-automatic rifle which was used to kill the police chief had been purchased in February 2010 — about three months after Fast and Furious debuted. Purchased by Jacob A Montelongo of Phoenix, he pled guilty to conspiracy, making false
The author stands at the end of the fence along the Mexican/US boerder.  Able to walk unhindered a m...
The author stands at the end of the fence along the Mexican/US boerder. Able to walk unhindered a mile into Mexico -- and back -- the author spent six weeks with the drug cartels and the vigilantes.
statements and smuggling goods from the United States.
Sentenced to 41 months in prison, Montelongo admitted to personally obtaining at least 108 firearms during Fast and Furious. It is unclear though how the WASR used in the laying of the police chief ended up in the state of Jalisco — deep in central Mexico.
South of Phoenix is the little village of Sasabe. Only one hundred and twenty-two people live in Sasabe and it’s the location of the least used Border Patrol checkpoint along the Mexican/US border.
Sasabe is noted for two things.
The chapel which is located in Sasabe was the model for the one used in the Sidney Poitier movie “Lilies of the Field”.
The second cause of notoriety are the number of illegal immigrants — and gun smugglers — that pass through the town each day.
Sitting on the southern end of the Sonoran Desert, Sasabe is just a few miles from where Bryant was shot and killed.
The town and the desert are quiet today. Gone are the ATF agents. Still around are the gun smugglers.
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