‘El Chapo’ Hideout Weapons Stockpile Allegedly Included ‘Fast And Furious’ Rifle

Robert Jonathan

Weapons seized during the arrest of drug lord El Chapo earlier this month reportedly included a high-powered rifle that was part of the Obama administration's botched U.S. to Mexico "gun walking" operation called Fast and Furious.

The Obama administration's failed tracking initiative purposely allowed about 2,000 weapons from Phoenix area gun dealers to fall into the hands of drug cartels and has been linked to the murders of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (and also possibly ICE Agent Jaime Zapata) as well as hundreds of Mexican citizens, including beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez.

Obama administration foes have argued that Fast and Furious was an attempt to justify the advancement of the government's gun control agenda.

In 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over necessary records to lawmakers who were probing the Fast and Furious scandal.

The weapon in question found at El Chapo's heavily guarded Los Mochis hideout is a.50 caliber rifle "that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter," Fox News reported.

In August 2015, National Review Online reported that "one of two Muslim terrorists killed attempting to murder attendees of a 'Draw Muhammad' cartoon contest held in Texas in May, had acquired one of the guns he owned as a result of the Fast and Furious operation."

As previously detailed by the Inquisitr, El Chapo is reportedly worth about $1.4 billion as of 2016. El Chapo was busted on January 8, just a few months after he gave in a now much-criticized exclusive interview with actor Sean Penn for Rolling Stone magazine. Police authorities apparently say that the interview was a major way that helped them get to El Chapo's hideout.

As far as what actually may have motivated the feds in the Fast and Furious initiative, "Remember, the purpose of this program was to put weapons in Mexican gangsters' hands that could be traced back to American sales, as a pretext for stricter gun regulations here. They were willing to accept increased deaths as collateral damage," law professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit claimed.

[Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP)