New links found between Fast and Furious and New Mexico gun scandal

by Anthony Martin, Examiner.com  |  published on December 5, 2012

On Monday David Codrea of the Examiner reported that new links have been discovered between a Columbus, N.M. gun smuggling scandal, first reported in 2011, and the Fast and Furious scandal which has rocked the Obama administration.

In 2011 the Examiner was the first national news outlet to report that a major gun smuggling scandal had engulfed the entirety of the town government in Columbus, N.M. Eleven town officials including the mayor and the police chief were charged and sentenced for gun trafficking in a scandal that was shown at the time to be connected to the Fast and Furious operation of the ATF and multiple agencies of the Obama administration.

But on Monday Codrea reported that major discrepancies have been discovered between the testimony provided by an ATF agent and the evidence involving the Reese family of Columbus, who were charged with gun trafficking. The Reese family are licensed gun dealers who were imprisoned for allegedly knowingly selling guns to Mexican drug cartel members.

Charges of conspiracy and money laundering against the Reese family have since been dismissed.

But ATF agent Carlos Valles, who worked the Reese case in New Mexico, reported directly to alleged Fast and Furious co-conspirator William Newell, the special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF.

Valles also appears to have a credibility problem beyond that of Newell. The agent testified under oath that he had no knowledge of a Fast and Furious operation in New Mexico, but later stated that he was directly involved with the Columbus case, which had already been shown to have direct ties to Fast and Furious.

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