September 10, 2012
MEXICO CITY (approved). – A shipment of weapons to Colombian drug seized in the city of Medellín could be linked to the operations ‘Fast and Furious’ and ‘Castaway’ orchestrated by the U.S. government to follow the route of the weapons sold illegally in the country, reported the newspaper El Tiempo.
According to the statement released by the Colombian newspaper in its edition of Monday, authorities check whether the arsenal found a month ago on the farm of Ericson Vargas, Sebastian, is part of the batch that senior officials of the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms Firearms and Explosives (ATF, for its acronym in English), in coordination with the DEA and FBI in 2010 sold to international traffickers for tracking to final buyers.
“Although it was controlled deliveries, covert operations made in ‘Castaway’ and ‘Fast and Furious’, all failed the Federal Agency (U.S.) Alcohol, Snuff and Firearms (ATF),” the newspaper says the note.
It also indicates that “agents lost track of them three thousand 500 rifles, pistols and grenade launchers that were in the hands of Mexican and Honduran traffickers” and then ended up “accidentally fueling the war in Colombia.”
A committee of experts from the ATF, says he traveled to Medellin a few weeks ago, compared the list of lost weapons with the serial numbers of “Sebastian” and ruled that are the same used in the failed operations.
“The two rifles that found him in February to Frank’s brother Sebastian, also are part of the operations that tracks the ATF, as well as 14 guns found in several searches,” confided a senior officer of the National Police, quoted as saying.
The newspaper said that at least 200 guns Fiveseven Medellín circulating in the hands of the “Office of Envigado”, which serves as the mob armed and criminal groups and Pacheli Calatrava.
“It is believed that it was the Sinaloa cartel who introduced weapons to Colombia through swaps for cocaine shipments. But there are also reports that Joaquin El Chapo Guzman is arming Colombian gangs, “he says.
He reports that the Justice Department will have to be accountable to the U.S. Congress by the failed covert operations and their consequences in Colombia, Mexico and Honduras, where are located some of the lots sold.
The newspaper said U.S. congressmen are asking for the 56 rifles, nine and 13 submachine guns found last month in the estate of the captured leader of the “Office of Envigado” Ericson Vargas, Sebastian.