ATF Stories

Image of law enforcement carrying team members during training.Local, federal officers train to provide care under fire

More than 25 law enforcement officers held a training exercise with HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a critical care transport agency, in Buckhannon yesterday, preparing for a worst-case scenario – treating and evacuating a critically-injured fellow officer. The exercise, hosted by the Buckhannon Police Department, also included Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agents, deputy U.S. Marshals, and Upshur County sheriff’s deputies.



Image of Ariel Rios holding a seized firearm.

ATF headquarters named after fallen agent

On December 2, 2016, ATF national headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will officially carry the name of Special Agent Ariel Rios.  Rios was killed in the line of duty the same day a little more than three decades ago.

Photo of Adony Nina

Shell Casings, Guns, and Drugs:  How ATF and the NYPD Unraveled a New York Drug Ring

In January of 2012, Adony “D” Nina rang in the New Year by firing off a few celebratory shots from a gun.  Little did he know then, that ill-advised act would ultimately lead to him spending the rest of his life behind bars.




Detroit One Partnership Making a DifferenceDetroit One Partnership Making a Difference

ATF’s Detroit Field Division joined forces with the Detroit PD, along with other federal and local partners, to take a violent offender and his crew off the streets of Detroit through the Detroit One initiative.




The Active Kansas City Field DivisionThe Active Kansas City Field Division

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division's area of enforcement and responsibility includes the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.  With barely more than 100 ATF special agents and 40 industry operations investigators (IOI) covering more than  285,675 square miles, the Division faces many daily challenges, including overseeing the regulation of an area with the highest number of gun dealers.


Gang Members Who Shot Up Mother’s Day Parade Get LifeGang Members Who Shot Up Mother’s Day Parade Get Life

Shootings, drugs, gang violence.  It’s in the news a lot these days…most every day, in some fashion.  What isn’t seen every day, what doesn’t usually make breaking news is when justice is delivered and the shooters are taken off the streets.



Image of recent graduate forensics school of the ATF’s National Laboratory Center.The First of Its Kind: A New Class of Crime Fighters for the Caribbean

ATF's National Laboratory Center held its very first graduation for the Caribbean firearms examiners class. This 12-week course in forensics was given to selected members of CBSI program countries to provide instruction and training in the identification of weapons and ammunition, proper documentation to facilitate firearms and explosives traces, current trends in firearms, and intelligence gathering techniques.



Jo Ann Kocher being sworn in.Jo Ann Kocher - Leading the Way as the First Female ATF Agent

A law prohibiting women in federal law enforcement from carrying firearms was in effect until 1971. It wasn't until then that female federal agents of the new era were allowed to join the ranks. In June 1972, Jo Ann Kocher was sworn in as the first female ATF special agent.


Several firearms and packages of ammunition.

A "Bold and Brazen Gun Trafficker"

When Sergio Garcia-Rico of Chula Vista, Calif., made his frequent trips across the border from California to Mexico, the 53-year-old quadriplegic man was carrying much more than a spare wheelchair in the back of his specially-equipped van.



Firearm siting on top of a pile of money.Going After the "Worst of the Worst"

Keeping communities safe by combating firearms trafficking and violent crime, both part of the core mission of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Firearm siting on top of a pile of money. Recently, ATF, along with U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker and the Eastern District of North Carolina United States Attorney's Office (USAO), highlighted the success of this mission in Sharpsburg, N.C. The leader of a violent criminal drug enterprise, Tovaris Battle,stole firearms and bought them illegally from drug users in order to further his criminal organization.

Picture of Jason Thomas Scott. He was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison on 11 felony charges relating to a series of crimes.Danger Comes From Those You'd Least Suspect

In January 2012, Jason Thomas Scott, 28, was sentenced to 100 years in federal prison on 11 felony charges relating to a series of crimes committed during more than 50 burglaries and nine armed home invasion robberies. The convictions included armed carjacking, production of child pornography, theft of firearms and related gun charges.

Bullets, Shell Casings and Murder in Memphis

In August 2013, two hit men for a local street gang in Memphis known as "Young Mob" were attempting to retaliate against individuals they believed stole narcotics from the gang. This retaliation attempt turned deadly, not for the targets, but for an innocent bystander at a carwash when the two hit men fired several rounds from a 7.62 caliber rifle.  The rifle's shell casings were recovered from the crime scene by the Memphis Police Department and entered into ATF's National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).

Steven Walter Cooke of the Aryan Brotherhood holding a gun.Shutting Down the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

They called themselves Slick, Thumper, Popeye and Stubby. Bam Bam, Dutch, Chopper. Colorful nicknames for some of the guys playing ball for the local weekend league? Not quite. These are just a few of the members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) recently taken down on charges ranging from racketeering to murder, and these violent criminals don't play games.


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