A long-awaited report from the Department of Justice’s inspector general sharply criticizes U.S. law enforcement officials for allowing a grenade trafficker for vicious Mexican drug cartels to operate unfettered, endangering public safety.
The Office of the Inspector General calls the federal operation “poorly conceived and executed” and “particularly irresponsible” because of information agents had about a dangerous suspect.
The missteps of the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona and the ATF allowed Kingery, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen, to move massive amounts of grenade parts and ammunition to Mexico’s ruthless drug cartels, Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded.
Documents show ATF secretly intercepted the grenade bodies Kingery had ordered, marked them and delivered them to him on Jan. 26, 2010. The agency’s plan was to follow Kingery to his weapons factory in Mexico, with help from Mexican authorities and U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents.
But don’t worry if a grenade kills people–eggs and omelets ya’know. Why?
“Even in a post blast, as long as the safety lever is recovered we will be able to identify these tagged grenades,” one email says.
Well, that is a relief.
In 2011, a year and half after Kingery was said to be caught smuggling grenade parts from the United States to Mexico but released, Mexican authorities raided Kingery’s factory in Mexico and arrested him. The authorities say he confessed to teaching cartel members how to build grenades and convert semi-automatic weapons to automatic.
Our they out of their fucking minds? How does this happen? Who thought that allowing even one grenade to be smuggled across the border was a good idea for …..what?
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