A CNN report broadcast on Tuesday revealed that gun released to Mexican gangs as part of the Fast and Furious “gun-walking” operation are continuing to show up at scenes of violence sound of the American border. According to the CNN report, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives acknowledged that more weapons released into Mexico are likely to continue surfacing in the coming years.RELATED: Rep. Issa Asked If He Is ‘Showboating’ With Fast And Furious On Face The Nation
The latest Fast and Furious weapon to be acquired by authorities was used in a December 18 shootout in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.
CNN acquired video of the shootout, posted to YouTube, which featured audio of the violent gun battle between Mexican gangs and authorities. Five people were killed in the shootout, including a “senior member” of a Mexican drug cartel, CNN’s Evan Perez reported.
“The ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation,” an ATF statement obtained by CNN read, “and, at the Attorney General’s direction, we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated.”
“And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes,” the statement concluded.