Skip to comments.Mexico arrests figure in Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal
Posted on 02/07/2012 7:05:38 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Mexico arrests figure in Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal
REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities have arrested a reputed enforcer for the country's most powerful drug cartel -- a man also alleged to have amassed weapons from the U.S. government's failed Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation (link, in Spanish, includes video).
Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, 33, is also wanted by U.S. officials on drug-trafficking charges in El Paso. Mexican and U.S. authorities say he served as a top lieutenant to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel and was in charge of operations in the border state of Chihuahua (link in Spanish).
It was there, in the violent city of Ciudad Juarez, that a raid by Mexican police in April 2011 turned up high-powered assault guns purchased illegally through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "Fast and Furious" program. As the Washington Bureau's Richard A. Serrano reported last fall, the discovery confirmed that Fast and Furious weapons were reaching the ruthless Sinaloa organization and that the geographic spread of the "walked" guns was wider than originally thought.
Mexican federal police said they tracked Torres Marrufo to a recently acquired home in Leon, in central Mexico, and captured him and a bodyguard over the weekend. In a statement, which did not mention the Fast and Furious connection, police said Torres was wanted in connection with numerous crimes including murder, extortion, kidnapping and the sale and distribution of drugs. The statement did not indicate whether Torres resisted arrest.
He was also accused of masterminding the September 2009 massacre of 18 people at a drug rehabilitation clinic in Ciudad Juarez.
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Big whoopi deal. 2 AK's and 2 pistols. High traffic arms merchant. LA Times Holder puff piece.
We can only hope.
At some point, the Democrats will tire of protecting him. It’s only a matter of time.
They always turn on their own. Loyalty is for little people.
Arrest in F&F albiet small arrest ???? PING
So now they can get him out of the public eye.
They need to stop calling it “U.S. government’s failed Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation.” It did not fail. It did exactly what the Obama administration wanted it to which was to arm the drug cartels and create chaos on the boarder in order to blame the 2nd amendment and re-institute an assault weapons ban or other gun control here in the US.
The only way it failed is that we found out about it.
AND...we have a loser! Ping.
It would seem Torres-Marrufo is a walking dead man with powerful players on both sides of the border fearful of what he knows.
Mexicans... Doing the job our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFUSES to do. THAT’s why they don’t get it that REAL AMERICANS aren’t “above” hard work, either! If I were Holder I’d stay far away from the border because I think a few folks down there would like to introduce him to their “little friends” right about now.
From your lips to the MEXICAN FEDERALES ears!!! I have long thought that only the Mexican Government would be able to prosecute this scandal adequately due to the corruption in our own country that allowed this to occur in the first place.
I pray the Mexicans can link Holder and Obama tangibly, but I don’t realistically see the US agreeing to extradite them to Mexico - do you? (Not that I don’t think it appropriate for Holder and Obama to be held responsible for these deaths - just that we can’t allow a precedent like that to be set for ANY of our Presidents or cabinet members. That’s what the left wanted for Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield remember...
Media Silent As Mexico Arrests Key Figure In Fast and Furious
Posted By Mary Chastain On February 13, 2012
I think late January and February have been the busiest time for Operation Fast & Furious. The media still doesnt give it proper coverage, especially this news: On February 4th, Mexico arrests a key figure in Fast & Furious. Not only is he a key person in Fast & Furious, but he was also a top lieutenant to El Chapo. I first found out about it on Borderland Beat , a great website keeping us up to date about the drug war in Mexico. The Los Angeles Times  reported it on February 7th and my colleague AWR Hawkins  published commenrary on February 8th. Silence from media.
This is HUGE for Mexico and for us. The suspect is Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo aka El Marrufo or El Jaguar. He was the head of la Gente Nueva in Chihuahua and the Sinaloa cartels top man in Ciudad Juarez, Mexicos most dangerous city.
He was also wanted in the US for drug trafficking and the recipient of high powered weapons from Operation Fast and Furious. He owned the home that was raided in April 2011 that had the guns from Fast & Furious.
This is GREAT news for everyone in America and Mexico, including Mr. Holder yet I dont hear anything from the media. A Google search yielded just three actual posts on this subject.
Thank you LA Times for reporting this, but this is another case that confirms my suspicions: If the AP doesnt write about it the majority of the Old Media will ignore it.
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