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New acting ATF director installed after hearings into controversial law enforcement operation
WASHINGTON (AP) ' A new acting director is taking over at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives following congressional hearings into a flawed law enforcement operation aimed at major gun-trafficking networks in the Southwest.
The Justice Department says the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota, B. Todd Jones, will replace the bureau's acting director, Kenneth Melson.
Melson will become senior adviser on forensic science in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy.
ATF has been criticized by Republicans on Capitol Hill for a law enforcement operation in Arizona designed to track small-time gun buyers up to major weapons traffickers along the Southwest border.
ATF intelligence analyst Lorren Leadmon testified that of more than 2,000 weapons linked to the operation, some 1,400 have not been recovered.