Local cops in Newport Beach have charged a man and a woman with transporting a cache of AK-47s to the border for a Mexican cartel as reported by Jeremiah Dobruck for the Los Angeles Times: "when officers searched their van, they found the high-powered rifles -- one of which was stolen -- six 30-round high-capacity magazines, two 10-round magazines and more than 350 rounds of ammunition."
Silly gun runners. Don't they know that Attorney General Eric Holder is the weapons supplier for the Mexican cartels?
A scathing report by a Justice Department Inspector General concludes that federal prosecutors and ATF agents botched their investigation of suspected arms smuggler Jean Baptiste Kingery who allegedly supplied grenade parts and other weapons from the United States to Mexican cartels as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times: "'the Kingery investigation suffered from flaws that we also observed in Operation Fast and Furious,' Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said," and "Kingery should have been arrested and charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act."
Fast and Furious was an ATF gun walking operation which provided thousands of high-powered assault weapons without any tracking devices to the Mexican cartels including one used in the 2010 murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry. The Obama Administration continues its refusal to produce "more than 15,000 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, including correspondence between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife" as reported by Fox News.
The Mexican cartels have well-established supply lines, distribution networks, and operational cells in hundreds of communities across the United States through which they move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash each year, and among those locales is Seattle, WA where Cristian Berrelleza-Verduzco, the 31-year-old local boss for the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel, has been sentenced to 27 years in a federal prison as reported by Martha Bellisle for The Seattle Times: "Berrelleza-Verduzco directed the smuggling of methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico into the United States and then would smuggle guns back to Mexico," and "during wiretapped-phone conversations, he often threatened to hurt or kill people he believed had failed him."
Nine suspected members from the Bay City Kings -- a street gang affiliated with the Latin Kings -- have been arrested on drug and gun charges in Green Bay, WI as reported by Sarah Thomsen for WBAY. Police Captain Todd Thomas said:
"They had rules and regulations that they had to follow. They had a book that they had to follow. They had a hierarchy of command that they had to follow. They had dues that they had to pay, so it was structured. It wasn't just a bunch of kids getting together. It was a structured group, and they ran it as a business, as an operation, a criminal operation."
Italian police have arrested 54 suspected members from a top clan of the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia which allegedly earned millions from the international drug and arms trade and laundered its dirty proceeds through the legitimate economy as reported by ANSA.
ICE agents busted about 600 alleged gangbangers across the United States, including more than 100 in Los Angeles, in a month-long operation dubbed Project Southbound targeting the Surenos gang or Sur 13 which is affiliated with prison gang Mexican Mafia as reported by Leanne Suter for KABC: "according to a 2011 Justice Department report, Sur 13 gangs are expanding faster than any other national gang," and "its members are responsible for crimes ranging from murder to weapons- and drug-trafficking."
California State Senator Leland Yee, a long-time champion of gun control, has been busted by the FBI for allegedly seeking "campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker" as reported by The Associated Press: "investigators said Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired missiles, and explained the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the U.S."
Yee is the third Democratic state senator from the Golden State busted this year on criminal charges.
Meanwhile, in New York, G-men "raided the Albany and city offices of Queens Democratic Assemblyman Bill Scarborough" as reported by the Observer: "a spokeswoman for the bureau's city office said the search was conducted as part of 'an ongoing FBI investigation,' but declined to discuss whether any items were removed, what specifically agents were looking for, or the nature of the investigation."
United States Attorney Preet Bharara testified last year at public hearings before the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption in the Empire State, and said dirty dealings among the political class and their favored interests "appear rampant" with a "show-me-the-money culture" as reported by The Associated Press.
Last week Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox resigned after federal investigators from multiple agencies including the FBI and IRS raided his office and home as reported by The Associated Press: "Fox has represented Providence for more than two decades in the state's part-time General Assembly, and he became the nation's first openly gay House speaker in 2010."
Maybe the FBI simply should put the Democrat Party into federal receivership as a racketeering enterprise, and stop picking off their stinkin' politicians one by one.