MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A drug dealer was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday, for selling to federal agents in a botched sting operation in Milwaukee.
33-year-old Bobby Ball was only caught selling five grams of heroin and two grams of pot – but officials said he had a violent criminal record which justified the prison term.
The Journal Sentinel said Ball’s case exposed a major failure in the planning of “Operation Fearless,” a gun and drug buying operation set up last year by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. T
he paper conducted a detailed review of the operation. It found that Ball was allowed to leave a fake ATF storefront after he threatened to shoot somebody.
Agents apparently wanted to buy Ball’s .38-caliber revolver – but he refused to sell, saying he needed it because his cousin had been shot.
The paper said the ATF assumed it could buy all the weapons it wanted – and it did not have a plan on what to do when prospective sellers said no.