Fast and Furious: Secret Tapes – Third Weapon

In the audio below dated approximately mid-March, ATF Agent Hope MacAllister, the lead Fast and Furious ATF agent, and the owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company, Andre Howard (who let the weapons “walk” by government orders), chatted about weapons confiscated at the scene of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  There were three, not two. Before the discovery of the audio tape, it was believed two weapons were found at the scene, and connected to the murder, both Romanian WASR “AK-47 type” assault rifles. But in fact there were three – the third being an SKS assault rifle. Court records document only the two WASRs. Ballistic reports document only the two WASR weapons. In the audio below you clearly hear that there were three weapons. The Inspector General on the case gained possession of the tapes “some months ago,” but still no forensics on the SKS are reported.  SEE UPDATE BELOW.

Murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Now, here’s the kicker, Agent MacAllister says the third weapon at the scene had nothing to do with Terry’s murder, and in the audio it is clear that the SKS did not walk from Andre Howard’s store.

So, when the weapons at the scene were seized, where did the SKS go and who did it go with? Where did it come from? And why the need to hide it?

Note that Agent Terry was armed with a “bean bag” gun against at least two illegals armed with AK-47s. How many Agents today are still sporting “bean bags?”

Here’s the transcript of the audio (CBS News Investigates):

Agent: Well there was two.

Dealer: There’s three weapons.

Agent: There’s three weapons.

Dealer: I know that.

Agent: And yes, there’s serial numbers for all three.

Dealer: That’s correct.

Agent: Two of them came from this store.

Dealer: I understand that.

Agent: There’s an SKS that I don’t think came from…. Dallas or Texas or something like that.

Dealer: I know. talking about the AK’s

Agent: The two AK’s came from this store.

Dealer: I know that.

Agent: Ok.

Dealer: I did the Goddamned trace

Agent: Third weapon is the SKS has nothing to do with it.

Dealer: That didn’t come from me.

Agent: No and there is that’s my knowledge. and I spoke to someone who would know those are the only ones they have. So this is the agent who’s working the case, all I can go by is what she told me.

UPDATE 6:24pm CDT: Fox is reporting emails showing there was an effort to protect “a confidential informant,” who “works inside a major Mexican cartel and provided the money to obtain the weapons used to kill Terry.”

Unlike the two AK-style assault weapons found at the scene, the third weapon could more easily be linked to the informant. To prevent that from happening, sources say, the third gun “disappeared.”…

However, in the hours after Terry was killed on Dec. 14, 2010, several emails written to top ATF officials suggest otherwise.

In one, an intelligence analyst writes that by 7:45 p.m. — about 21 hours after the shooting — she had successfully traced two weapons at the scene, and is now “researching the trace status of firearms recovered earlier today by the FBI.”

In another email, deputy ATF-Phoenix director George Gillett asks: “Are those two (AK-47s) in addition to the gun already recovered this morning?”

The two AK-type assault rifles were purchased by Jaime Avila from the Lone Wolf Trading Co. outside of Phoenix on Jan. 16, 2010. Avila was recruited by his roommate Uriel Patino. Patino, according to sources, received $70,000 in “seed money” from the FBI informant late in 2009 to buy guns for the cartel. [Terry was murdered with the help of taxpayer money]

According to a memo from Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who oversaw the operation, Avila began purchasing firearms in November 2009, shortly after Patino, who ultimately purchased more than 600 guns and became the largest buyer of guns in Operation Fast and Furious.

Have you wondered about Brian Terry’s killers and what is happening with them? Read it here.

BATF Agent Hope MacAllister and Andre Howard – Fast and Furious Weapons (video)

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