Drug lords targeted by Fast and Furious were FBI informantsFederal agents released alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta to help them find two Mexican drug lords. But the two were secret FBI informants, emails show.
By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Los Angeles Times
Mar. 24, 2012
Instant Justice: Antifa Assaults Journalist In DC, Gets Arrested Immediately
Trump: DREAMers Should 'Rest Easy'; Prosecuting Assange 'OK With Me'
Bill Nye Show: White People Need to Stop Using 'Asian Wallpaper,' Ruined Yoga With 'Their Lululemon Hands'
Hate Crime Hoax: Muslim Prof Fabricated Anti-Muslim Threats to 'Gain Sympathy'
Maxine Waters Paid Daughter Nearly $650k From Campaign Funds
When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it hoped he would lead the agency to two associates who were Mexican drug cartel members. The ATF even questioned and released him knowing that he was wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
But those two drug lords were secretly serving as informants for the FBI along the Southwest border, newly obtained internal emails show. Had Celis-Acosta simply been held when he was arrested by theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in May 2010, the investigation that led to the loss of hundreds of illegal guns and may have contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent could have been closed early.
Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau show that as far back as December 2009 — five months before Celis-Acosta was detained and released at the border in a car carrying 74 live rounds of ammunition — ATF and DEA agents learned by chance that they were separately investigating the same man in the Arizona and Mexico border region.