Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu checks out one of the seized
weapons after a news conference, as multi-jurisdictional law
enforcement agencies announce a bust on a major drug smuggling ring
in Arizona, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Phoenix. Operation "Pipeline
Express" has netted 76 arrested, has seized 61,573 pounds of
marijuana, 213 pounds of cocaine, 158 of heroin, $758,908 in cash,
83 vehicles, 108 weapons, and 4 ballistic vests, all linked,
according to law enforcement, to a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel
based in Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:14 pm
Updated: 3:24 pm, Tue Nov 8, 2011.
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona sheriff says that two guns
seized as part of a major drug smuggling bust have been connected
to a botched federal investigation known as "Fast and Furious."
"Fast and Furious" was a controversial Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms' investigation that lost track of up to 1,400
weapons that were sold in Arizona gun stores to suspected straw
buyers for Mexican drug gangs.
A number of guns have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico
and two were found at the scene of a Border Patrol agent's
Now Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says two more "Fast and
Furious" guns have been seized in Arizona from members of the
Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's most powerful.
The two guns were among 108 weapons seized in three busts in
September and October that authorities said effectively dismantled
a major drug smuggling ring tied to the Sinaloa cartel.
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