Christ may not be coming again immediately, but Senator Grassley is. The ATF gets religion on gun smuggling. No more Meester Gunwalker here.
We're in the middle of a wide-ranging media campaign to make sure that public KNOWS that the ATF is "on guard at the border." Pay no attention to those dead agents Zapata and Terry. Pay no attention to the whistleblower agents. "Look! We're actually doing our jobs now."
Dallas Area a Hotbed for Gun Smugglers
FORT WORTH, Texas - Federal agents said Mexican drug cartels like the Zetas are actively involved in gun trafficking operations in North Texas. But one Fort Worth gun dealer helped put a dent in one of those shipments.
A federal affidavit shows thanks to the help of employees at the Cheaper Than Dirt gun store in Fort Worth, agents were able to seize 27 assault weapons headed to the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas.
"We intercepted the firearms before they went South," said Special Agent Robert Champion of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "A military-type of firearms such as an AK-47, an AR-15, pistol or 7.62 version and that gun is in high demand right now in the Republic of Mexico for narcotics traffickers."
Dewayne Irwin's been selling firearms for nearly a quarter of a century and what happened at his store on Feb. 11 raised red flags.
Two customers showed up with $20,000 in cash looking to buy dozens of assault rifles.
Irwin said the buyer passed an FBI background check and the sale was legal.
"It was just one of those things that just didn't feel right to our salesman and so he mentioned it to me," he said.
Irwin said he called the ATF and agents arrested the suspects at the corner of North Riverside Drive and 28th Street.
Court records show Jayson Beltram and Eliseo Valverde Jr. agreed to buy the weapons for the Zetas in exchange for $500 each.
But Irwin believes his actions helped prevent those weapons from getting into the wrong hands.
"I hope none of them have gotten through us down there. I'm sure some of them have. But to know you took 27 guns that didn't make it down there, it's a pretty good feeling," he said.
Too damn bad they spent over a year watching the firearms walk south -- with deadly consequences. But, hey, they're on the job now, right? Can't we just forgive and forget all the rest?