Sharyl Attkisson,CBS News
Police say Jean Baptiste Kingery,a U.S. citizen,was a veritable grenade machine. He’s accused of smuggling parts for as many as 2,000 grenades into Mexico for killer drug cartels —sometimes under the direct watch of U.S. law enforcement…
An attack on Aug. 25 in a Monterrey,Mexico casino killed 53 people.
Sources tell CBS News that,in January 2010,ATF had Kingery under surveillance after he bought about 50 grenade bodies and headed to Mexico. But they say prosecutors wouldn’t agree to make a case. So,as ATF agents looked on,Kingery and the grenade parts crossed the border —and simply disappeared.
Six months later,Kingery allegedly got caught leaving the U.S. for Mexico with 114 disassembled grenades in a tire. One ATF agent told investigators he literally begged prosecutors to keep Kingery in custody this time,fearing he was supplying narco-terrorists,but was again ordered to let Kingery go….