Former Fast & Furious ATF Agent’s Weapon Found at Cartel Crime Scene

A cache of seized weapons displayed at a news conference in Phoenix in 2011, during the Fast and Furious investigation. (AP)

A cache of seized weapons displayed at a news conference in Phoenix in 2011, during the Fast and Furious investigation. (AP)

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The personal weapon of an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent was found at a Mexican cartel crime scene, CBS News reports:

CBS News has learned that one weapon recovered from the area of the crime scene was originally purchased by federal agent George Gillett, an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) manager who was faulted by the Inspector General in Operation Fast and Furious.

Gillett was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of ATF Phoenix when Fast and Furious started. The recovered weapon is a so-called FN Herstal pistol nicknamed a “cop-killer” because of its designation as a “weapon of choice” for Mexican drug cartels.

The Inspector General has opened an inquiry to determine how his firearm “got into the hands of suspected cartel members.” The agent told CBS that he had sold the weapon on the Internet last year.