Three more weapons from the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, while an estimated 1,400 more sold in hopes of catching drug cartel leaders are still either on the streets or unaccounted for.
According to CBS News
, three Romanian WASR-10 automatic rifles were found at three different crime scenes. Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino, who was arrested last January, bought two of them in 2010, and Sean Steward, convicted on gun-related charges in 2012, bought the third.
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According to Justice Department documents
, the rifles were traced back to Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale, Ariz., one of the many dealers the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had encouraged to sell weapons to questionable buyers hoping they would be resold to Mexican drug cartels and lead to the capture of major leaders.
During the course of the operation, which ran from 2009-2010, illegal buyers bought up the weapons and took them into Mexico. According to federal prosecutors, Patino purchased approximately 720 of them from various Arizona stores, including 72 AK-47 assault rifles, in one 12-day stretch in March 2010.
Many of the guns have since been recovered at crime scenes both in Mexico and the United States. However, an estimated 1,400 of them are still unaccounted for, CBS reports.
The Justice Department still refuses to provide a full account of the weapons to Congress, even after the House voted last year to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt
for refusing to hand over requested information.
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