The two guns were subsequently linked to the suspects in the torture and killing of Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez, the brother of Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez, who was then attorney general of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The link was first reported by Fox News.
Gonzalez, kidnapped in October, became well-known across Mexico with the release of a video showing him handcuffed and surrounded by hooded gunmen, making a statement — under obvious duress — that alleged that his sister had been involved ordering killings and in protecting the Juarez drug cartel.
His body was found in November. Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez, who has denied the charges, asserted that her brother had been kidnapped by members of the Sinaloa cartel.
Several municipal police officers arrested in connection with the killing were subsequently released.
"Following Rodriguez's murder, when Mexican police attempted to arrest the suspects, guns with serial numbers tracing back to Operation Fast and Furious were found at [the] scene," a brief oversight committee statement said.
The botched surveillance operation has led to the deaths of American and Mexican citizens. It is yet another in a long litany of failed attempts at outwitting and outgunning the drug cartels, though admittedly outgunning becomes hard to do when the US government is directly supplying the cartels with AK-47’s.
Lawmakers are investigating the operation, in which as many as 2500 guns were sold by the ATF to straw-buyers. ATF agents subsequently lost track of the weapons when they entered Mexico.
It would be nice if heads would roll. It would be better still if this induced some soul-searching in our political leaders whose insistence at continuing this failed war on drugs is leading to far too many deaths year after year, in both failed and successful missions alike.