When Mexican authorities took Juarez drug cartel carnage king Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez â€” better known as â€œEl Diegoâ€ â€” into custody, he had weapons from Operation Fast and Furious on his person, the English-language transcript of the Spanish-language television network Univisionâ€™s special investigation into the scandal shows.
â€œAccording to investigations, â€˜El Diegoâ€™ forms the link between this massacre and Fast and Furious,â€ an anchor read on air in Spanish Sunday evening, referring to two different mass killings drug cartel operatives used Fast and Furious weapons to conduct as Univision reported.
â€œWhen he [El Diego] was captured in Chihuahua in the summer of 2011, he was found with weapons that the American government had allowed to enter Mexico,â€ the anchor added.
El Diego was, until he was taken into custody, the leader of the Juarez drug cartelâ€™s La Linea â€” or â€œenforcement arm.â€ According to the El Paso Times, El Diego told Mexican authorities after his capture that La Lineaâ€™s mission was, among other things, to â€œeliminate the members of the Sinaloa cartel in Ciudad JuÃ¡rez.â€
Mexican authorities have alleged El Diego is responsible for the murders of at least 1,500 people in Juarez and Chihuaha City, Mexico, according to the El Paso Times.
Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric Holder, has not responded to a request for comment in response to this revelation.