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N.M. Rep. Wants ATF Answers

N.M. Rep. Wants ATF Answers

Rep. Lujan Grisham asked, 'Does ATF share information regarding its undercover operations with state and local police departments?'


U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants answers from the federal government about why it let a dangerous felon that ATF agents bought guns and drugs from stay on Albuquerque’s streets.

Michelle Lujan GrishamThat felon, Davon Lymon, is alleged to have fatally shot Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster last October, about three weeks after he sold the gun to federal agents.

Slain officer Daniel WebsterIn a March 3 letter to the deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Lujan Grisham asked if the ATF has written guidelines on when to arrest a suspected criminal during undercover operations, and she asked the agency to provide her those documents.

In addition, Lujan Grisham asked ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon two other questions: “Does ATF share information regarding its undercover operations with state and local police departments?” and, “Does ATF consider how potentially dangerous or violent a suspected criminal is when determining when to arrest a suspected criminal during undercover operations?”

Accused cop killer davon LymonLymon allegedly shot Webster during a traffic stop on Oct 21, 2015. Previously, Lymon had served a 10-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter. He was released from prison in 2011. “Since his 2011 Thomas-Brandonrelease, Lymon has been accused of several violent and illegal activities involving drugs, firearms and fleeing law enforcement,” Lujan Grisham wrote. “Davon Lymon allegedly sold heroin to an undercover ATF agent on September 11, 2015 and allegedly sold additional heroin and a firearm to an undercover ATF agent on October 2, 2015.

“It appears that ATF agents did not arrest Lymon after his alleged narcotics and firearm sales. I understand that it takes time to build a case on suspected criminals, however I am sure that you can understand the community’s concern that Lymon was not arrested sooner, especially considering his violent history and the threat he posed to the public.”

Lymon was arrested shortly after the shooting and is in custody on federal narcotics and firearm charges. He has yet to be charged with Webster’s murder.

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Dan Klein is a retired Albuquerque police sergeant. Reach him via Facebook and Twitter via @dankleinabq.

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  • NMCopwatcher
    March 5, 2016, 3:41 pm

    June 2014

    – Justice Department Sued on Behalf of ATF Fast & Furious Whistleblower John Dodson –

    Judicial Watch has a long history of protecting whistleblowers, the brave government insiders who expose corruption, incompetence, and abuse of power inside the federal government.

    This is exactly what is happening now to ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama Justice Department’s insane scheme to allow weapons to “walk” across the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Dodson has been subjected to a Obama appointee-orchestrated smear campaign designed to destroy his reputation, and JW is now coming to his aid.


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