Skip to comments.Prosecutor: ATF's flawed Milwaukee sting not best use of resources
Posted on 03/15/2013 4:37:44 AM PDT by rellimpank
A federal prosecutor took the rare step Thursday of criticizing an undercover operation, telling a judge the sting in Milwaukee was not the best use of law enforcement resources and failed in at least one case to catch the kind of violent offender it was designed to get.
The sting run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was beset by a series of foul-ups and failures, including agents having their guns stolen and the undercover storefront being burglarized, a Journal Sentinel investigation found.
Speaking at the first federal sentencing resulting from the sting, Assistant U.S. Attorney Fran Schmitz said the operation by the ATF did result in legitimate prosecutions. That included Michael Buford, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling drugs to undercover agents. He received the sentence because of his record, which includes three other drug convictions but not a history of violence.
Schmitz said the goal of the operation was to go after violent offenders - not people like Buford.
"I actually wish more people with
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