“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat
The operation that took place during the six year term of Felipe Calderón, was intended to illegally traffic more than 2 thousand US firearms to Mexico, with the object to identify its users; “Which is absolutely illegal and inadmissible,” said the office of the attorney general.
El Chapo and García Luna were involved in the operation that allowed arms trafficking.
The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) reported that he obtained from a district judge, orders of apprehension against seven people, for their participation in the “Fast and Furious” case. Against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, Ex leader for the Cartel de Sinaloa, the ex-secretary of public security for the Felipe Calderón administration , Genaro García Luna, as well as Luis Cárdenas Palomino, Intelligence Coordinator of the Federal Police, as well as four other people , whose identities were not revealed.
“This criminal conduct, was intended to illegally traffic more than two thousand
US firearms to Mexico, with the assumption, identifying its users; which is absolutely illegal and inadmissible. In accordance with the investigations developed by the Department of Justice of the United States, the necessary information was obtained to establish this illegal trafficking of firearms, which were used in various blood crimes in the country, from the year of 2009 to recent dates, “said the FGR in release.
Concerning García Luna, the attorney general’s office revealed that “there are already two more orders of apprehension, dictated by Mexican judges, who have request the extradition to Mexican territory of said individual.”
“In Mexico and in accordance with its own research, and with the data acquired in the corresponding previous inquiries, it was possible to establish that these weapons were not only introduced illegally to the country, but have also been used in various criminal acts, which have already been been investigated and processed in Mexico, “said the FRG.
Last week, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his morning conference that matters are not as they were previously. Agents of the DEA and the United States Embassy are not authorized to do something behind our backs. They couldn’t carry out the Fast and Furious operation, for example, nor would they dare to, “he said in reference to the operation focused on importing weapons from the United States to supply the lethal capacity to the criminal groups of Mexico during the Government of the former president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa from 2006 to 2011.
Twelve years after the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) office initiated Fast and Furious – the under cover operation that was responsible for the massive influx of high powered weapons to Mexico – the FGH had not clarified if officials from the Felipe Calderón administration were aware.
Since 2010, authorities and American agents involved in the operation have made contradictory statements as to whether Mexican government officials knew about it. According to their testimonies, at least, the ex office holders from the PGR Maricela Morales and Eduardo Medina Mora were informed . The President Calderón denied having been informed.
On May 19, 2020 the Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard said he sent a diplomatic note to the United States to know the details of Fast and Furious. He said that the US government already reviewed said diplomatic note.