ATF Agents Intercept 50-Caliber Cannon Headed to Mexican Drug Cartel

Categories: Drug Violence
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James King
This gun could take down a helicopter.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms intercepted a 50-caliber cannon they say was headed to a drug cartel in Mexico.

ATF Supervisory Special Agent Peter Forcelli tells New Times that agents got information from the Mexican government that the unidentified suspect planned to buy the gun and deliver it to a drug cartel south of the border.


Agents put the man under surveillance, and watched as he purchased the gun from a private gun dealer in a Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot in Tempe yesterday afternoon. As Forcelli points out, the deal went down as children were probably walking into the store with their parents to "buy their first baseball glove."

"The cartels could use this gun to take down a helicopter. This gun could put a bullet through a police car," he says. "This is an ambush weapon."

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James King
50-caliber cannons aint cheap
The gun -- perfectly legal in Arizon -- had not yet been modified to be an automatic weapon, but Forcelli says cartels have people who can easily make the weapon automatic.

Cartels, Forcelli says, often attach guns like the one seized yesterday to a truck and use it to assault police and government officials.

The bust never would have happened if it weren't for cooperation between the U.S and Mexican governments, he says.

"Things could be better with our relationship with the Mexican government," Forcelli says. "But they've been cooperative."

The man who sold the gun to the cartel member was not arrested.

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28 comments
Cpenrod
Cpenrod

Americans nationwide owe a big thank you to the ATF Special Agents testifying in the Congressional "Fast and Furious", American gov't. gun running investigation. Too bad there are no similar patriots in federal enforcement agencies willing to come forward to expose the government's culpability in the illegal alien invasion, or drug smuggling operations.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

You are correct, that looks like the civilian semi-auto version of the Military Browning M2 Machine Gun.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

That looks like an M2 Browning Machine Gun to me, it sure as hell is no cannon. 

Guest
Guest

wtf is happening here...

Guest
Guest

You would think that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and FIREARMS WOULD KNOW THAT A 50 CAL AIN'T A CANNON, IT'S A MACHINE GUN.

tr7fan
tr7fan

 as info , you can buy the upper receiver for a fifty cal and put it on the lower receiver of an ar 15 /.that goes for about 1800. slightly cost prohibitive id say !!!

tr7fan
tr7fan

 all the mexicans want is to use american as a breeding ground for its wondering poulations and have america pay for it . a deal i read about where an AMERICAN judge forced an ailing hospital to provide  UNSUBSIDIZED dialysis of almost 10o mexican nationals. this action put the hospital in BANKRUPTCY!!!!! the judge then demanded the hospital find a place for the nationals to recieve treatment and pay for that treatment out of the sale of it assets. all the whing mexican nationals did was whine about not having a place to get free dialysis. never consdering theyre contrigbuting to the downfall of the health care system in phoenix, the stateand country its enough to make you want to puke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jay Dobyns
Jay Dobyns

I have Intel  that it was really headed to one of the local Hells Angels Chapters in Arizona. www.jaydobyns.com JAY BIRD DOBYNS. RETIRED ATF ARIZONA.

Tango3215
Tango3215

Just realized it.  Agent Forcelli who is quoted in this article is one of agents who testified.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, that is what is happening here, believe me, this is a mellow crowd.

Tango3215
Tango3215

The media writes the headline, NOT the ATF Agents.  If you read the article you can see that the agents told the reporter that the gun was NOT a machine gun, but a semi-auto version.  The cartels turn them into machine guns.

Mistalee
Mistalee

 This was semi-auto, so it wasn't a cannon and it wasn't even a machine gun, just a large-caliber rifle. But that doesn't make for an over-the-top dramatic headline.

This is not much different from the drug cops claiming they confiscated a pound of weed with a street value of $10,000.

Leo Fastelk
Leo Fastelk

 more psycho babble from atheist bob. the fake Vietnam Vet

Psychbob498th
Psychbob498th

 I know what im talking about to. im an ex Vietnam Vet.

Po lee Bass
Po lee Bass

 hey your that fake Vietnam vet who is also an atheist.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Where is the proof of what you are saying, I would like to see that. 

Boodan Warlock
Boodan Warlock

FUCK YOU JAY you busted me and some of my Warlock MC Brothers in Florida a few years back. well we are all now free again and back on the streets riding our bikes. your ATF plan failed once again. BOODAN ,WARLOCKS MC ARIZONA

Mistalee
Mistalee

A veteran is one who has been through active military service, particularly in time of war.

If you were a Vietnam vet, you still are one. If you aren't a Vietnam vet, then you never were one. You really can't be an "ex Vietnam Vet" unless your phony war record is revealed and debunked. 

I bet you got yourself a psych discharge while you were still in boot camp.

James King
James King

 you were a clerk in Nam not a dustoff medic.

Mistalee
Mistalee

So you used to be a Vietnam vet and now you're not? How does that happen?

Leo Fastelk
Leo Fastelk

 you both sound more like psycho babble to me.

Boodan Warlock
Boodan Warlock

go read the book Hells Angels a strange and terrible saga  from 1965.  written by my old friend Hunter S Thompson and shut up already. HST was a friend of mine and your a fake.

Psychbob666
Psychbob666

 by going to Nam in the 60s and now its 2011. thats how? are you a cunt because that sounds like a stupid cunts question to me.

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