PHOENIX (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to aiding a gun smuggling that was being monitored as part of the government’s botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Kristi Gail Ireland pleaded to a charge of aiding and abetting the crime of making false statements in a gun purchase.
She faces up to five years in prison.
Ireland admitted that she accompanied an alleged ring member in 2010 to a gun shop for a buy, carried $18,000 in her purse for the purchase and knew that the alleged ring member lied when making the purchase.
Twelve people in the alleged 20-member ring have pleaded guilty.
Authorities faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers to walk away from shops with weapons, rather than arrest the suspects and seize the guns there.