Fast & Furious Gun Intended For Assassination

According to a government report released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a weapon was seized in Tijuana from a group that had intentions of assassinating the chief of police at the time, Julian Leyzaola. The weapon was seized on February 25th, 2010, with other weapons and arrests made. This is just one more incident among many that the Obama administration must be held accountable for.

Members of the criminal group led by Teodoro “El Teo” Garcia Simental and Raydel “El Muletas” Lopez Uriarte were arrested in early 2010 and the El Paso Times reported on August 6, 2012,

Tijuana police said they arrested four suspects in March 2010 in connection with a failed attempt to take out Julián Leyzaola, and that the suspects allegedly confessed to conspiring to assassinate the police chief on orders from Tijuana cartel leaders.

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The suspects had an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, and one of the firearms traced back to the operation that the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) was monitoring from its field office in Phoenix.

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Adrian Sanchez, spokesman for Leyzaola, said Leyzaola was unavailable for comment.

Leyzaola, a retired Mexican army officer, reportedly survived several attempts on his life while trying to bring order to Tijuana, a city torn apart by turf battles following the arrests and deaths of Arellano Felix cartel leaders.

A native of Sinaloa, Culiacán, Leyzaola became the Juárez police chief in March 2011, where brutal battles by competing cartels have claimed more than 10,000 lives.

Though Leyzaola was the former chief of police of Tijuana, he is now the chief of police of Ciudad Juarez.

While ATF claims they were tracking the gun, the evidence is contrary to that. ATF had no way of tracking the guns until they were abandoned, found at crime scenes or secured in busts.

Not only have two federal agents and hundreds of Mexicans lost their lives, but imagine if this assassination had taken place. The Obama administration must be held accountable. AG Eric Holder has already been held in contempt of Congress and it appears that House chairman Darrell Issa (R-Ca) is going to push for a civil contempt charge of Holder as well to obtain documentation that will hold those in higher office accountable for the deaths of agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata, as well as, the unlawful and un-American operation that allowed nearly 2,500 guns to walk across the border of Mexico.

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