May 04, 2011

ATF Agents/Auditors in North Carolina Stonewall Criminal Investigation to Protect Their Careers

Yeah, I'm still dogging this, and I'm not going to let it go.

Lee Booth of Greensboro, NC, is a convinced felon with current warrants out for his arrest, and is under investigation by multiple agencies for more crimes than I can list... which may be news to him.

I wrote about Booth's illegal involvement with three gun companies in a Pajamas Media article back in October.

Convicted felon Lee Franklin Booth, holding two Detonics pistols. This photo was taken on January 6, 2007 using Booth's own Sony DSC-T5.
Jerry Ahern (left) and convicted felon Lee Franklin Booth (right). Booth is holding two Detonics pistols, including Ahern's personal carry weapon. This photo was taken on January 6, 2007 using Booth's own Sony DSC-T5. Apparently photographic evidence, eyewitness testimony, and documentary evidence already in the court system from prior civil actions isn't enough to get the BATF to do their damn jobs.
What I haven't made public (until now) is the work I've continued on this case, including the development of key witnesses against Booth and his allegedly criminal enterprises, and the even more frustrating obstruction of justice being carried out by corrupt BATF agents and auditors hoping to cover their tracks and preserve their careers. If you think that Operation Fast and Furious was a mess in Arizona, I can assure you that is every bit as bad here in North Carolina, and far more petty.

There is reputedly physical and documentary evidence that exists to bring charges to put Mr. Booth in prison for many years, but BATF agents and auditors in Greensboro are stonewalling the investigation with the help of at least one BATF employee in Fayetteville.

I've kept my sources covered and will continue to do so, but will reveal some of what I know about the case in order to force the hand of corrupt government officials more intent on protecting their pensions than the citizens they are sworn to protect.

As part of a current BATF investigation being run out of the Charlotte office, the investigating ATF agent instructed other employees to pick up Form 4473s linked to Booth to be picked up from numerous gun stores in North Carolina.

One of the more crucial sets of documentation comes from Ed's Guns in Vass, North Carolina.

Records show that Booth has run literally hundreds of weapons through this particular store, including hundreds of Detonics pistols and an alleged "straw sale" of a .50 BMG sniper rifle from Booth's personal collection. According to sources, Booth is also alleged to have purchased gun parts from other stores, and is alleged to have been a frequent Saturday visitor to Caliber's Indoor Gun Range in Greensboro. All of these allegations are potential felonies, and most are easily proven by simply obtaining records from the locations in question.

But the agent in charge of the investigation has run into a stonewalling effort being orchestrated by local agents and auditors that failed to act upon numerous felony violations in the past due to their own incompetence and breaking of procedure. Sources indicate that BATF employees in Fayetteville that obtained the 4473s from Ed's Guns in Vass are refusing to provide those documents to the Charlotte-based agent in hopes of protecting the BATF agents and auditors in Greensboro.

The BATF SAC in Charlotte isn't happy about this investigation, and would be happy if this case would die a quiet death. Unfortunately for him, local, state and federal sources within law enforcement are tired of machinations designed to protect the incompetent within the BATF and enable a convicted criminal to avoid prosecution, and are willing to talk to the media (me) if it brings a little sunlight on this case.

The BATF has long had credibility problems. If they do not take steps to remedy the problems here in North Carolina, and quickly, their reputation is only going to get worse.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 4, 2011 09:24 AM

BATF should be a convenience store, not a government agency. Therein lies the problem, as well as the solution.

Posted by: twolaneflash at May 4, 2011 01:05 PM