Kingman audience hears lowdown on 'Fast and Furious' flop

BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan briefs more than 70 members and guests at the Mohave County Republican Forum Wednesday night. Sheahan covered a myriad of law enforcement matters he, his deputies and other Arizona law enforcement agencies deal with.

BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan briefs more than 70 members and guests at the Mohave County Republican Forum Wednesday night. Sheahan covered a myriad of law enforcement matters he, his deputies and other Arizona law enforcement agencies deal with.

KINGMAN - An overflow crowd showed up Wednesday at the Mohave Republican Forum meeting to hear Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan discuss a number of law enforcement matters.

Sheahan briefed the attendees on Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms gunrunning sting operation that allowed 2,000 weapons to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border, with many ending up in drug cartel possession.

"Of the 2,000 Operation Fast and Furious weapons, between 160 and 170 have been found at various crime scenes in Mexico, and one was found at the scene of where a U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered north of Tucson," Sheahan said. "There are still about 1,400 of those weapons unaccounted for.

"I, along with the other nine sheriffs in Arizona, have demanded that a special counsel be appointed to investigate the roles of Attorney General Eric Holder and the other top administration officials involved in Operation Fast and Furious."

Sheahan also briefed the members and guests about an accident in Golden Valley Oct. 27, in which four of the eight illegal immigrants were hospitalized following a rollover of a vehicle they were in. Sheahan said the accident involved a vehicle being pursued by U.S. Border Patrol and that his department is tasked with investigating the accident.

"The problem is the Border Patrol agents who were involved have 'lawyered up' because their union told them not to make any statements in regard to the incident," Sheahan said.

Prior to Sheriff Sheahan speaking, State Representative Doris Goodale gave a presentation about the proposed Arizona congressional and legislative district maps that will be in place for next year's legislative and congressional races.

Sandi Reynolds, who is the Mohave County Republican District #1 director, announced during the meeting that she has withdrawn her name from the "logjam" of candidates who are running for the Mohave County District #4 supervisor position and will be backing one of the other candidates.