43 “Fast and Furious” guns found in Phoenix

Posted on July 7, 2011

Not one, not two, but forty-three guns linked to the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” program were found during a traffic stop in Phoenix back in April.  Five people were arrested; four of which are “undocumented.”

According to court paperwork, Phoenix Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered the guns in mid-April. They pulled over a vehicle near 83rd Avenue and Interstate 10, near the Phoenix and Tolleson border.

Documents filed in federal court reveal five suspects named in the case are accused of conspiring to possess and distribute “500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine…”

Four of the suspects are listed as undocumented immigrants. The fifth suspect had been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa, according to court documents.

Agents recovered at least 59 weapons during the bust. The ABC15 Investigators found 43 are connected to the Fast and Furious case with certainty.

We reviewed official ATF Suspect Gun Summary documents – a sort of “watch list” for suspicious gun sales and gun buyers. We matched serial numbers within the ATF documents to gun serial numbers contained within the federal court documents.

Forty-three from this bust plus a few others from separate incidents leaves only 1500+ guns to go before they’re all retrieved.  Let’s hope that the rest are found in similar situations like these and not after being used in the commission of a crime.

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