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Weapons are hitting the streets and killing Americans. They're fueling cartel and domestic drug trafficking violence. We have layers of complex problems that are all surrounded by policy decisions, which seem to be enabling criminal activity.

Today on the show, Pete Forcelli, retired Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) executive and author of The Deadly Path, sheds light on the world of firearms trafficking. We explore the stark reality of crime-ridden parks in New York City housing projects, where children live in fear and are locked inside their homes for safety. But it doesn't end there. Peter takes us to the heart of the matter — the prosecution, or lack thereof, of gun crimes.

We uncover the startling truth behind ATF Operation Fast and Furious, a whistleblower's account that reveals a pattern of allowing firearms to flow into Mexico, leading to a staggering number of guns in the wrong hands. And as we discuss the impact of this operation and its consequences, we also touch on the current crisis of fentanyl and the arming of Mexican cartels with US military spec weapons. This episode will leave you questioning the state of our justice system and the policies that guide it.

Join us as we discuss:
  • The scale, implications and consequences of Operation Fast and Furious, ultimately fueling the fire of gun violence
  • The opioid crisis in conjunction with cartel activities; turning internally to address the fentanyl situation
  • The Broken Windows theory and the regression in policy of prosecuting low-level crimes
  • Lack of utilization of parks in NYC housing projects due to crime and safety concerns
Pete Forcelli’s Personal Website: https://www.peterjforcelli.com/ His book The Deadly Path: How Operation Fast & Furious and Bad Lawyers Armed Mexican Cartelsreleases on March 5th, 2024.

To make sure you never miss an episode of The Opioid Matrix, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the website, or your favorite podcast player.

Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for The Opioid Matrix in your favorite podcast player.
Weapons are hitting the streets and killing Americans. They're fueling cartel and domestic drug trafficking violence. We have layers of complex problems that are all surrounded by policy decisions, which seem to be enabling criminal activity. Today on the show, Pete Forcelli , retired Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) executive and author of The Deadly Path , sheds light on the world of firearms trafficking. We explore the stark reality of crime-ridden parks in New York City housing projects, where children live in fear and are locked inside their homes for safety. But it doesn't end there. Peter takes us to the heart of the matter — the prosecution, or lack thereof, of gun crimes. We uncover the startling truth behind ATF Operation Fast and Furious, a whistleblower's account that reveals a pattern of allowing firearms to flow into Mexico, leading to a staggering number of guns in the wrong hands. And as we discuss the impact of this operation and its consequences, we also touch on the current crisis of fentanyl and the arming of Mexican cartels with US military spec weapons. This episode will leave you questioning the state of our justice system and the policies that guide it. Join us as we discuss: The scale, implications and consequences of Operation Fast and Furious, ultimately fueling the fire of gun violence The opioid crisis in conjunction with cartel activities; turning internally to address the fentanyl situation The Broken Windows theory and the regression in policy of prosecuting low-level crimes Lack of utilization of parks in NYC housing projects due to crime and safety concerns Pete Forcelli’s Personal Website: https://www.peterjforcelli.com/ His book The Deadly Path: How Operation Fast & Furious and Bad Lawyers Armed Mexican Cartelsreleases on March 5th, 2024. To make sure you never miss an episode of The Opioid Matrix, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the website, or your favorite podcast player. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for The Opioid Matrix in your favorite podcast player. read more read less

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