How does a gun belonging to a top cop -- the second man in charge of the Fast and Furious investigation -- end up at a crime scene a thousand miles away on the same day, three years after it's purchased, alongside a weapon from the top criminal he's chasing?
This story began to unravel last month, when Mexican police get in a shoot out with the Sinaloa cartel. Killed in the battle was Mexican beauty queen Maria Gamez, who police believe fought with the cartel, along with four others. Police also recovered several weapons, including one traced to Uriel Patino. He was the biggest buyer of guns in Fast and Furious, so that's not a big surprise, but the second weapon was. It belonged to the number two guy at ATF Phoenix, Assistant Director George Gillett, who oversaw the investigation.
Then it's learned that Gillett failed to follow the very law that he enforces when he filled out the forms used to buy the guns.
He used his office address twice, wrongly calling the ATF building "an apartment," then he used a strip mall as a second address, rather than his residential address as required.
Sen. Charles Grassley says, "We have every reason to believe that the addresses he gave were wrong addresses and that could be a fraudulent violation of law, a felony violation of law."
Now, Gillett did not return our calls. But he did tell another media outlet he sold the gun on the internet and somehow it landed in Mexico. Some don't buy it.
Grassley wants to know if Gillett was himself gun trafficking guns or doing so with department approval.
Unlike just letting the bad guys smuggle guns as in Fast and Furious. That is the question that investigators are looking into.