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40 'Fast & Furious' ATF Guns Found in Cartel Thug's House

ATF weapons circulated further, faster than anticipated
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2011 3:43 AM CDT
40 'Fast & Furious' ATF Guns Found in Cartel Thug's House
Here's part of a cache of seized weapons displayed at a news conference in Phoenix early this year as part of the ATF's highly controversial "Fast and Furious" gun sting.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

(Newser) – Forty weapons from the ATF's botched "Fast and the Furious" gun-tracking plan ended up in a home of the top enforcer for the Sinaloa drug cartel, reports the Los Angeles Times. In all, 100 guns were transported from Phoenix, site of the failed sting operation, to El Paso, showing how the speed and range of weapons circulation was much greater than ATF officials expected.

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"These Fast and Furious guns were going to Sinaloans, and they are killing everyone down there," said a US government source. "But that's only how many we know came through Texas. Hundreds more had to get through." The Sinaloa cartel is considered the most powerful in the world by many law enforcement officials. (Read more ATF stories.)

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