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(Above image: Evidence photos turned over to Congress show a stash of grenade parts, fuse assemblies and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition in “Grenade Walker” case.)
A long-awaited Inspector General report faults U.S. law enforcement officials for allowing a dangerous drug cartel grenade trafficker to operate unfettered, endangering the public’s lives, much as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) allowed thousands of assault rifles to be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels in Operation Fast and Furious.
The case of alleged grenade trafficker Jean Baptiste Kingery came to the Inspector General’s attention during the Fast and Furious probe.
“Kingery should have been arrested and charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)…long before he finally was,” concludes the Inspector General’s report. “We also believe that some of the decision-making in the Kingery case reflected agents’ and prosecutors’ inadequate consideration of the risk to public safety in the United State and Mexico created by Kingery’s illegal activities.”
(This article was first published Oct. 30, 2014)
Read the Significant Information Report linking a violent crime in Mexico to a Kingery grenade