Fast & Furious Gun Intended for Leyzaola Assassination Attempt


K. Mennem
San Diego Reader
August 6, 2012

According to a United States government report recently released, a weapon from the “Operation Fast and Furious” was seized in Tijuana from a group intending to assassinate Julián Leyzaola, who was the chief of police at the time. The firearm was seized on February 25th, 2010, along with other weapons seized and arrests made.

A chain of arrests were made in early 2010 in taking down a Baja based criminal group led by Teodoro “El Teo” García Simental and Raydel “El Muletas” López Uriarte. El Teo was an important member of the Arellano-Félix Organization (AFO) before splitting from the AFO and running his own group, which forged unreliable ties with the Sinaloa Cartel.

The El Paso Times reported this morning, August 6, 2012, that the weapon which was seized during one of the raids, apparently was being tracked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) in Pheonix, AZ. The group was planning on killing the current chief of police but was stopped before doing so. Leyzaola, the former chief of police of Tijuana, is now the chief of police of Ciudad Juarez.

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