Project Gunrunner, and then “Fast and Furious,” were supposedly ATF sting operations to track weapons used by drug cartels in Mexico. Thousands of weapons were purchased by “straw” buyers in the US, then allowed to “walk” across the border into Mexico, walk into the hands of drug cartels.
An e-mail from a Flagstaff police officer about Project Gunrunner is dated March 17, 2008
“ATF Southwest Border Strategy Project Gunrunner Weapons of Choice,” with the date stated as revised in Feb. 2008.
Project Gunrunner began as a pilot project in Laredo, Texas, in 2005 and was expanded as a national initiative in 2006
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