Seven months after federal agents began the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, they stumbled upon their main suspect in a remote Arizona outpost on the Mexican border, driving an old BMW with 74 rounds of ammunition and nine cellphones hidden inside.
Detained for questioning that day in May 2010, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta described to agents from theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosiveshis [sic] close association with a top Mexican drug cartel member, according to documents obtained this weekend by the Times/Tribune Washington Bureau.
The top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, scribbled her phone number on a $10 bill after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators.
Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called.
I bet Special Agent MacAllister spent many sleepless nights next to her cell phone, desperately awaiting his phone call. I bet she pondered endlessly on whether she should send him another text, or if she should wait until the next morning, afternoon, or evening, or if that would make her look too needy and she didn’t want to push him away, after all, they had just met.
Relationships can be so difficult.
And so can facilitating the sale of thousands of illegal guns to Mexican criminals, only to have them turn up at crime and murder scenes for years afterward.