The headline now seems to implicate Castillo as having involvement in the ATF&E’s ‘Fast and Furious‘ gun walking program, as it specifically involved straw purchasers, however this is a program that was ordered into effect on Eric Holder‘s watch and it truly seems hard to believe that this former agent who accomplished so much, would lower himself to the level the charges imply.
Castillo’s questionable conviction is gaining attention as Darrell E. Issa (R – CA) tries vigorously to gather facts surrounding the case. Obama, Holder and federal officials seem to be doing everything they can to deter his progress.
United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced in San Antonio on 22 October 2008, that the 58-year-old former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Celerino “Cele” Castillo, III, of McAllen, Texas, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for his role in dealing firearms without a license.”
Bill Conroy of the narcosphere has published many reports on the gunrunning operation and his 2008 article, U.S. government finally exacts revenge on Iran/Contra whistleblower Cele Castillo , published well before the exposure of ‘Fast and Furious’, spells out the fact that there are big questions surrounding the case against Castillo spearheaded by U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton.
“The black mark now affixed to Castillo’s reputation courtesy of Sutton’s office, however, is a thin conceit on the eve of a presidential election that is expected to usher in a sea change in American politics that might well lead to a re-examination of Castillo’s revelations — which also were supported and advanced by a legendary investigative journalist and a host of congressional inquiries in subsequent years.”
Cele Castillo (a former War hero, and DEA/Iran Contra whistle-blower) is being held by the Federal Government for selling a gun (LEGAL IN TEXAS) to a BATF snitch! The information on this site should be used to obtain his immediate release! But, we need your help. Donate, Call Gov. Perry and Eric Holder and lay this information at their doorsteps, and demand Cele’s freedom. It’s not US that sends guns to Mexican drug lords…It’s the BATF.”
- Attorney General Says Fast and Furious Will ‘Never Happen Again’ (abcnews.go.com)