MILWAUKEE — A
brain-damaged man with a low IQ was used to run gun and drug deals as
part of a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
sting at a Milwaukee storefront.
The Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel reports that ATF agents paid Chauncey Wright in cigarettes,
merchandise and money. Then, once the operation was shut down, Wright
was charged with federal gun and drug counts.
recommend probation when Wright is sentenced in June because of his
"mental functioning." Advocates for the disabled say agents
took advantage of Wright.
The ATF sting has
been marred by problems, including the theft of ATF guns, and a loss
of nearly $40,000 in merchandise.
Members of both
parties in Congress are seeking answers to what happened. The ATF has
launched an internal investigation.