ATF Head Reassigned amid Gun-Trafficking probeSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Tue, 08/30/2011 - 15:20
The ATF head has been reassigned amid an investigation into a controversial U.S. gun-trafficking operation, part of a broader shake-up at the Justice Department in which the U.S. attorney in Phoenix also stepped down, officials said Tuesday.
Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will become a senior adviser on forensic science in the department’s Office of Legal Policy. He will be replaced as acting director at ATF by B. Todd Jones, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, the department said in a statement.
The changes follow months of controversy over the agency’s “Operation Fast and Furious.” That now-defunct operation targeted Mexican gun traffickers but ultimately was the focus of a congressional investigation after a Border Patrol agent was killed in an incident in which “Fast and Furious” guns were found at the scene.