The ATF continues to struggle in the aftermath of its moronic Fast and Furious operation where they allowed powerful weapons to walk into the hands of gangs. One of those guns led to the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. However, in true lunacy, a more recent operation would seem to demand similar ridicule. In Milwaukee, ATF agents ran an operation using Chauncey Wright, a brain-damaged 28-year-old man with a low IQ in the 50s to set up gun and drug deals. They then shutdown the operation and, you guessed it, they arrested Wright.
Wright approached ATF agents passing out fliers in a parking lot and was given a job. For six months, the ATF paid Wright with cigarettes, gifts, and money to get him to promote “Fearless Distributing” by handing out fliers on his bike around town. Wright was not aware that this was just a front by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The store sold legitimate items but had catalogues with guns. Wright was reportedly told that the store did not sell guns, but bought them.
I have represented individuals with low IQ including one with a 51 IQ. They are treated as disabled in most states. The record shows ATF agents manipulating Wright in a way that shocks the conscience. In the meantime, ATF agents showed incredible incompetence in losing ATF guns, including a machine gun, to theft as well as a ballistic shield. They also reportedly left behind sensitive documents after they shut down the operation.
The 10-month operation resulted in charges against about 30 people for largely minor drug offenses. Agents pushed Wright to get drugs and guns. He sold the agents cocaine in March 2012 and ecstasy a few months later. He then started to bring them guns. After a break-in led to the loss of the guns, Wright was indicted on seven drug and gun counts with a maximum of life in prison. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Wright faces about four years “mildly mentally retarded.” The plea bargain had to be read to Wright because he cannot read beyond a kindergarten level.
With mostly low-level charges to show for the operation and the loss of weapons, Wright’s arrest seems particularly pathetic.