ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – According to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Thursday, federal agents lacked proper guidance and experience while conducting undercover sting operations in St. Louis and several other cities aimed at disrupting illegal gun sales.
The Inspector General’s report of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ operations found several issues with how the stings were conducted. Agents set up their storefront, which acts as a lure to initiate illegal activity, 600 feet from a local Boys and Girls Club. The storefront was later burglarized.
During the stings, federal agents overpaid for guns with taxpayer money. Guns were also stolen from federal vehicles.
The operations were meant to get illegal weapons off the street by buying them, identifying people who sold them and then tracing the guns’ histories.
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