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High-powered rifle found in El Chapo’s hideout traced back to Fast and Furious

January 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
High-powered rifle found in El Chapo’s hideout traced back to Fast and Furious

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Authorities have discovered a .50-caliber rifle at the hideout of recently captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, linked directly to Operation Fast and Furious, the scandalous ATF gun walking program that saw thousands of weapons smuggled unimpeded to Mexico and into the hands of the ruthless drug cartels.

Sources confirmed that authorities retrieved a .50-caliber rifle, that is so powerful it can stop a car, or even down a helicopter.

Mexican Marines captured Guzman in a pre-dawn raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis, after a firefight that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican soldier. Investigators seized a cache of weapons inside the house where Guzman was hiding, including the high-powered assault rifle, officials said.

ATF agents checked serial numbers on the weapons found at the location, which matched the.50-caliber weapon traced back to the ATF program, sources said.

Federal officials are unsure how many of the weapons seized from the raid were purchased in the U.S., but the investigation is ongoing.

Officials said thirty-four .50 caliber rifles out of the 2,600 fire arms were sold through Fast and Furious.

Sources close to the investigation said ‘El Chapo’ would have men armed with these powerful weapons on hilltops to look out for Mexican military helicopters flying through the valleys during raids in order to shoot down.

The Fast and Furious operation allowed straw purchasers for the Sinaloa cartel to buy weapons from U.S. gun dealers in the Phoenix area, where federal agents would then track them.

However, ATF agents lost track of at least 1,400 guns, which ended up in Mexico and used by the cartels fighting for control of the smuggling routes to commit an untold number of murders in cities such as Ciudad Juarez.

The news comes on the heels of a court ruling by an Obama-appointed federal district court judge, who struck down Obama’s executive claim of Presidential privilege in withholding the release of Fast and Furious documents by the Department of Justice to a congressional investigative committee investigating the botched program.

The Obama administration has from the beginning hindered Congressional investigations into how the Justice Department even allowed such an operation to happen.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of congress after he refused to divulge documents to the House Intelligence Committee headed by Republican Congressman Daryl Issa.

The discovery marks the third time authorities in Mexico found a weapon at a high-profile crime scene, that has been traced back to the Fast and Furious program.

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