Eric Holder Cleared But 14 Faulted in Gun Operation in US

Eric Holder

The US justice department has cited 14 people for possible disciplinary action for their roles in a botched gun-running operation.

Operation Fast and Furious saw US agents lose track of hundreds of illegal guns sold in Arizona and allowed into Mexico to target dealers.

The inspector general’s 471-page report comes after a 19-month review, where Attorney General Eric Holder was not criticised, as no evidence was found he knew about the controversial tactics.

The operation labeled Fast and Furious ended in early 2011, but no criminal charges were recommended as a result of the report.

The most senior official cited by Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 471-page report was Lanny Breuer, head of the justice department’s criminal division.

Operation Fast and Furious began in October 2009, where officials hoped to follow guns to drug cartel leaders, but weapons were lost after being transferred from buyers to smugglers who brought them to Mexico.

Congressional report showed at least 122 weapons recovered at crime scenes in Mexico were linked to the sting, while about 1,400 have yet to be recovered.

The operation has produced charges against 20 gun traffickers, 14 have pleaded guilty.

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