Slain Beauty Queen Linked to ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal

Published:9:08 pm EDT, December 19, 2012| Updated:9:39 pm EDT, December 19, 2012|
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An assault rifle linked to the "Fast and Furious" scandal has recently been recovered at the crime scene where Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were murdered in a shootout between drug cartel members and Mexican military.

The beauty queen who was reportedly used as a human shield was found dead with a gun belonging to a former assistant special agent in charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The Fast and Furious-dubbed scandal included more than 1,400 guns being permitted by U.S. officials to be bought in the U.S. and illegally transported by criminals into Mexico. More than 150 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by the Fast and Furious Guns.

A Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle was found in the hands of the beauty queen and was purchased by Uriel Patino, the Fast and Furious suspect who allegedly bought more than 700 weapons while under ATF's watch, at an Arizona gun shop in 2010.

Gamez is at least the fourth documented case of a beauty queen becoming involved with Mexican drug traffickers.

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