A high-powered rifle lost in the U.S. Fast & Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco this year, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation made it to the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico, the Los Angeles Times reports. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in Hostotipaquillo, was killed Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire.
Local authorities said eight suspects were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons — rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms, and special communications equipment. The area is a hot zone for rival drug gangs, with members of three cartels fighting over turf. Hundreds of firearms were lost in Fast & Furious. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed illegal purchasers to buy the firearms at the Lone Wolf store near Phoenix and other gun shops in hopes of tracing them to Mexican cartel leaders.