Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Special Agent in Charge Gabe PinonAs the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Phoenix Field Division since April 2020, Gabe Pinon is responsible for ATF’s criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in Arizona and the northern half of New Mexico.

A member of the Senior Executive Service and an experienced law enforcement professional, SAC Pinon began his federal law enforcement career in 1996 as a correctional officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Beaumont, Texas. In March 1998, Pinon transferred to the United States Border Patrol as a border patrol agent in Uvalde, Texas.


SAC Pinon’s ATF career spans more than 20 years. His first assignment was in 2000 as a special agent in the Dallas Field Division, Oklahoma Field Office. In 2006, he became a full-time member of the Special Response Team in Los Angeles, California, where he participated in high-risk criminal enforcement operations as an operator and forward observer.


SAC Pinon served as the Resident Agent in Charge of El Paso Group III, and then as ATF’s Southwest Border Coordinator in El Paso, Texas. In this role, SAC Pinon helped coordinate all firearm trafficking investigations, intelligence disbursement and tracking of illegal firearm trafficking trends from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California into the Republic of Mexico.


In 2016, SAC Pinon was named an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, where he served as the chief operations officer for six criminal enforcement groups and the Division Operations Group. In 2018, he became the Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Internal Affairs Division, where he oversaw investigations of ATF personnel misconduct and criminal allegations.


SAC Pinon was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He is bilingual and uniquely in tune with the challenges faced along the southwest border. SAC Pinon is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a bachelor’s of science in international economics. He is married and has two children.


Last Reviewed January 21, 2021