Seven people have been charged in the ‘Fast and Furious’ guns trafficking case in Mexico.
Prosecutors in Mexico announced on Sunday that seven persons have been indicted in the «Fast and Furious» arms trafficking scandal, including former high officers.
The mismanaged «Fast and Furious» operation, in which officers from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives permitted criminals to buy guns with the goal of monitoring them, was exposed by the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010.
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.
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 drug lord Joaquin «El Chapo» Guzman.
Garcia Luna was captured in Texas in 2019 and is now on trial in the United States for allegedly sheltering a narcotics cartel. His extradition to Mexico has been requested to face charges of unlawful enrichment.
Garca Luna led the government’s fight against organized crime while serving as security chief under President Felipe Calderón from 2006 until 2012.
Former Federal Police commander Luis Cardenas Palomino, who was considered Garca 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.