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ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures




David Salkin unknowingly rented his building at 1220 E. Meinecke Ave. to the ATF, which ran an undercover sting. Burglars broke into the business, ending the operation. Salkin says the ATF owes him $15,000 for damage and unpaid utility bills. The agency has refused to pay.



A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia.

Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything.


They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons.


But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF military-style machine gun landing on the streets of Milwaukee and the agency having $35,000 in merchandise stolen from its store, a Journal Sentinel investigation has found.


When the 10-month operation was shut down after the burglary, agents and Milwaukee police officers who participated in the sting cleared out the store but left behind a sensitive document that listed names, vehicles and phone numbers of undercover agents.


And the agency remains locked in a battle with the building's owner, who says he is owed about $15,000 because of utility bills, holes in the walls, broken doors and damage from an overflowing toilet......


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Are you saying if you go to a dispensary to get meds you may get in trouble?


If they wanted to copy my card, or put my name in their computer or anywhere, as a pre-condition to me getting any amount of mm, no thank you, if a depense gets hit, your name is on the client/pt list and who knows what else, Ive only been to one f.m and all you had to do was show it, nothing to it, when the dispenses were open every one I went in to check out was a little different, I will definatly say for my choice, im all for pt/cg farm markets, and the one I went to, most were getting like 10 a gram, this was a few yrs back, I tried a lil from this guy and a lil from that guy, just a few grams of this and that, I didnt try any at a despense.




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you'd think after 6 months they would have to make a report about progress.


10 months. how much tax dollars was that?

trying to catch people selling guns and drugs.



to storefronts? like a pawn shop?

why didnt they just sting a pawn shop?


none of this story makes much sense.

i wonder if they did any clothing sales lol

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Maybe it would help if the ATF had a director. Apparently the Republicans have been blocking Obama's candidate for the job and refuse to give their consent for a director to be appointed. Why they are doing this is a mystery to me.

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