Sinaloa was supported to that end by the ATF’s gunwalking program, which
included walking grenade components, as a sideline to the main project
of walking guns. The military grenades that the cartels are swapping off
tend to be leftovers from 80s and 90s unrest and insurgencies in
Central America, plus the Mexican military’s ongoing loyalty problems.
The ATF alleges that, “90% of grenades traced in Mexico are over 20
But grenades walked by ATF’s cats-paw Jean Baptiste Kingery were used in
2013, along with other weapons which may or may not have been
ATF-walked, to murder three officers of the Jalisco State Police in the
village of Tepatitlan. According to an ATF Significant Incident Report
by liaison officer Jonathan Ortiz in the Bureau’s Mexico City office,
one of ten grenades was attributed positively to Kingery by the Mexican
officers, based on unspecified “evidence,” with no information on the
other nine available.
More bodies to pile at the feet of Holder and Newell and Jones.
The history of the Kingery grenades is instructive. Kingery sourced
his parts in the USA, then brought them to Mexico for final assembly and
delivery. He was under ATF observation (although they thought he was
under their control, a very different thing), from 2004 to 2010, when he made aliyah to
his Sinaloa pals. He remains in Mexico; he was arrested there but ATF
and DOJ has been remarkably uninterested in extraditing him.
Well, hell, of course they're not; if he's put in a courtroom here he might tell inconvenient truths.
The grenades, like the Iron River of ATF-sourced guns, were delivered
to the cartels and to Mexico with the approval of Phoenix Group VII
(SA’s Voth and McAllister inter alia), and the local US
Attorney and an Assistant (Dennis K. Burke and Emory Hurley). The
grenade-walking was also blessed by every layer of ATF and DOJ
supervision. This included the Phoenix SACs and all management levels up
to then-director Kenneth Melson and AG Eric Holder. Particularly
responsible, apart from Voth and McAllister, were Phoenix field division
SAC Bill Newell and Current Director Byron Todd Jones participated in
the planning of the gun- and grenade-walking from his position in
faraway Minnesota, as a trusted intimate of Holder.
Remember the administration insisted that Jones was pure as the driven snow and would clean up ATF....