ATF says they have no work for them in Yuma County
Story by Stephanie Sanchez, Reporter - bio | email
Yuma--The ATF Yuma field office responsible to stop gun trafficking across the border is vacant.
ATF special agent Tom Mangan, spokesman for the Phoenix field office said the office wasn't closed down but instead they reallocated their resources to other "busier offices".
Mangan said many of the Yuma cases were tracking back to Phoenix and eventually handed over to Phoenix agents.
"It was a business decision that the work quite frankly wasn't there," Mangan said. "ATF has limited resources, were an agency that is under funded so it was a business decision to relocate limited agents that we had to other offices were manpower and support was needed."
Sources who spoke with KSWT said Yuma ATF agents moved away or quit because federal prosecutors in Phoenix allegedly declined many of their cases.
Ron Gissendaner, manager of Sprague's Sports said he and his staff worked closely with ATF agents in Yuma for many years.
"It seemed like they were always busy and always working on a case," Gissendaner said.
ATF Phoenix division officials said agents assigned to the El Centro ATF office, who also reside in Yuma are now covering the Yuma area.
But Sprague's Sports said they haven't dealt with California's office as much.
"The only time they contact us is when they're doing a trace for something that may have ended up in the state of California," he said. "As far as we have been told we are under supervision of the Phoenix field office which is what the base office here answered to as well."
News 13 paid a visit to the Yuma ATF office but the leasing office for the building said nobody was in there and the place was empty.
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