Justice Officials in 'Panic Mode' as Hearing Nears on Failed Anti-Gun Trafficking Program Officials at the Department of Justice are in "panic mode," according to multiple sources, as word spreads that congressional testimony next week will paint a bleak and humiliating picture of Operation Fast and Furious, the botched undercover operation that left a trail of blood from Mexico to Washington, D.C. The operation was supposed to stem the flow of weapons from the U.S. to Mexico by allowing so-called straw buyers to purchase guns legally in the U.S. and later sell them in Mexico, usually to drug cartels. - The ATF allowed and encouraged five Arizona gun store owners to sell some 1,800 weapons to buyers known to them as gun smugglers. FOXNews I'll finish the story: HEADLINE: Gun Grabbers kill US border agent for leftist agenda. obama's justice dept created a situation where they can claim US guns were killing people in mexico so they can restrict guns laws in the US even more. Gee, all those people being killed for the drug trade, keep smoking that dope spike.