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Warrant: FBI agent's alleged gun sales to shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico

EL PASO, Texas — A high-powered rifle allegedly sold illegally by an El Paso FBI agent was used in a deadly Mexican drug cartel shootout last year, court records show.

According to a 2008 search warrant, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives linked a .50-caliber rifle sold by FBI agent John T. Shipley to a March 2008 shootout between drug cartel fighters and Mexican army soldiers. An army captain and six cartel members were killed in the nearly three-hour shootout in Chihuahua, agents said in the warrant.

Shipley was arrested last week on charges that he sold weapons via a Web site without a license. He's also accused of lying to the ATF about who the real buyers were.

According to the search warrant, filed in court in May 2008 and obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday, Shipley sold the .50-caliber rifle to Luis Armando Rodriguez, a former El P

Added: Jul-15-2009 Occurred On: Jul-14-2009
By: leadfoot072
Tags: fbi, weapons selling, drug cartel, corruption, u.s federal, atf, war on drugs, yeah right!, john T. shiply
Location: El Paso, Texas, United States (load item map)
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