Grassley has made public whistleblower documents and launched a joint investigation by multiple agencies into illegal gun trafficking by American cartels.

“Newly released documents shed light on a covert government project, known as Project Thor, that was successfully disrupting U.S. weapons smuggling networks into Mexico. The project, which was abruptly terminated in fiscal year 2022 without explanation, was recently confirmed and expanded upon by whistleblower disclosures to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s office. These documents, obtained exclusively by CBS News, were sent to nine federal law enforcement agencies, demanding transparency about Thor’s operations and current efforts to combat cartel firearms trafficking in the U.S. and neighboring countries.

Senator Grassley, in a series of sternly-worded letters, has called for the Biden administration to publicly acknowledge and disclose details about their strategy to target cartel firearms networks. The FBI and State Department declined to comment, while the Postal Service confirmed they are reviewing the letter and will respond directly to the Senator. The Justice Department, on the other hand, acknowledged receiving the letter and emphasized their ongoing efforts to investigate and prosecute criminal activities related to firearms trafficking.

The newly released documents include internal charts that reveal the intricate networks of traffickers operating across the U.S. and smuggling weapons and ammunition into Mexico for drug cartels. These charts also depict actual routes used for narco weapons trafficking. This information follows a previous CBS News investigation that uncovered the alarming trend of Mexican drug cartels obtaining military-grade weapons from the U.S. with the help of American citizens. These weapons include belt-fed miniguns and grenade launchers.

In light of these revelations, it is crucial for the U.S. government to address and combat the issue of firearms trafficking to cartels. The American people deserve to know more about the government’s efforts in this area, and Senator Grassley’s letters serve as a call for transparency and accountability.”  

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