Aiiiieeee! If you don’t remember the Fast and Furious program, federal agents worked with American gun sellers to illegally sell weapons to known Mexican felons, with the aim of “tracking” where the weapons went… Except they didn’t actually track them to sting the culprits. It was like a social science experiment. With bullets. And dead federal agents.
Now we learn that the lead investigator for Fast and Furious actually caught their lead suspect but let him go after he promised to stay in touch and cooperate. He didn’t, disappearing into Mexico, never to be seen by the feds again.
From the L.A. Times:
Detained for questioning that day in May 2010, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta described to agents from theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosiveshis close association with a top Mexican drug cartel member, according to documents obtained this weekend by the Times/Tribune Washington Bureau.
The top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, scribbled her phone number on a $10 bill after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators.
Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called.
Had they arrested him red-handed trying to smuggle ammunition into Mexico, Fast and Furious might have ended quickly. Instead, the program dragged on for another eight months, spiraling out of control.
Read the full article here.