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Mexico charges 7 people with ‘Fast and Furious’ arms trafficking, including senior officials

Mexican Prosecutors said on Sunday they had indicted seven people, including former senior officials, in the “Fast and Furious” arms trafficking scandal.

The December 2010 murder of Border Patrol officer Brian Terry exposed the failed “Fast and Furious” investigation, in which officers from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking guns.

But the agency lost most of the guns, including two that were found at the scene of Terry’s death in southern Arizona. The US government has strongly prosecuted the men involved in the murder.

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The border wall runs along the U.S.-Mexico border at the Johnson Ranch near Columbus, New Mexico, on Monday, April 12, 2021.
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Mexico says Mexican drug gangs and former officials were also involved or failed to stop arms trafficking.

Mexico’s attorney general’s office said on Sunday it had filed arms trafficking charges against seven people in the more than ten-year-old case, including the country’s former senior police official, Genaro García Luna, and the former drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

García Luna was arrested in Texas in 2019 and is currently on trial in the United States for allegedly protecting a drug gang. Mexico has requested his extradition to face charges of illegal enrichment.

García Luna was chief of security in the administration of President Felipe Calderón from 2006 to 2012 and was the leader in the government’s fight against organized crime.

Former Mexican President (2006-2012) Felipe Calderon delivers a speech during the Citizen's Congress held in Caracas on January 26, 2015.

Former Mexican President (2006-2012) Felipe Calderon delivers a speech during the Citizen’s Congress held in Caracas on January 26, 2015.
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Former Federal Police Commander Luis Cardenas Palomino, who was considered García Luna’s right-hand man, was also indicted. Mexico has previously arrested Cardenas Palomino for torture, and U.S. prosecutors have separately accused him of accepting millions of bribes from the Sinaloa cartel.

Mexico has also indicted Guzman in the arms trafficking case, but he is already serving a life sentence in Colorado.

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