DAILY SIGNAL — Five years after America first learned of the Operation Fast and Furious federal gunwalking program, new information about the extent of the scandal continues to bubble to the surface.
According to Justice Department documents obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, Fast and Furious weapons have seen wide use in Mexican drug cartels, with reports suggesting the guns are tied to at least 69 killings.
Originally conceived by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2009, Operation Fast and Furious was created to deliberately sell guns to illegal buyers near the Mexican border, which the ATF hoped to trace back to Mexican cartels. The operation passed approximately 2,000 guns into the hands of illegal buyers while achieving minimal law enforcement ends.
The Justice Department documents recorded only 94 Fast and Furious firearms recovered in Mexico between December 2012 and March 2016. Thirty-seven of these guns were recovered just last year, according to the Justice Department documents.