Report: Mexican Drug Cartel Boss Arrested With Fast and Furious Weapons

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, 33, is presented to the media by federal police officers in Mexico City, Sunday July 31, 2011. (Photo: AP)

According to Univision’s recent investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, when Juarez cartel boss Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez was taken into custody by Mexican authorities in 2011, he was in possession of weapons from U.S. Operation Fast and Furious.

El Diego is linked to the deaths of more than 1,500 people in Mexco, according to CNN, though it is unclear exactly how many were killed with weapons provided by the United States government.

The Daily Caller relates:

“According to investigations, ‘El Diego’ forms the link between this massacre and Fast and Furious,” 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.

“When 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,” the anchor added.

El Diego was, until he was taken into custody, the leader of the Juarez drug cartel’s La Linea — or “enforcement arm.” According to the El Paso Times, El Diego told Mexican authorities after his capture that La Linea’s mission was, among other things, to “eliminate the members of the Sinaloa cartel in Ciudad Juárez.”

The two “mass killings” referenced by the Daily Caller, with clearer links to Operation Fast and Furious, are the September 2009 massacre where 18 young men were killed at a Juarez rehabilitation center, and a January 2010 massacre where 14 high school and college students were killed at a birthday party.

The man was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the aforementioned killings, and many others.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s office has not yet issued a statement.

(H/T: Daily Caller)