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IRS reserves guns for 'serious criminal activity,' says retired agent

Retired Special Agent Anthony Dominicis wants to reassure Americans that the IRS isn't chasing them with guns.

"That's not true," he said. “The only people who need to worry about armed agents are those involved in serious criminal activity.”

President Bidensigned the newly signed $739 billion The Inflation Reduction Act will put about $80 billion into the IRS, adding 87,000 new workers. Weapons.

According to the latest Government Accountability Office report on federal arms and ammunition purchases issued in 2018, the IRS has 3,282 pistols, 621 shotguns, and have 3 or more. million rounds of ammunition. 

Among those sounding the alarm is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Last week he asked: I am an Iowa business person.

Retired IRS special agent Tony Dominicis carried a gun while busting people like drug dealers, but never fired it in his career.

Rep. Matt Gates, Florida, July to disarm the IRS Act, to prevent government agencies from purchasing ammunition and "arm the IRS as they prepare to take Fallujah." said.

The IRS also buys new weapons and ammunition each year,including $92,263 of ammunition allocated in March, allowing guns to be carried. Only the Criminal Investigation DepartmentCI devotes 72% of its resources to tax evaders, but the rest involves criminals of all kinds: drug cartels, money launderers. Dollars, cyber crooks, crooks, etc. It said it conducted 1,372 investigations during the fiscal year. 

Domenisys, who retired from the agency in 2019, said the IRS never fired a gun while he was working as an undercover special agent within the CI, according to the Post. told to

He sometimes drew his weapons, such as in 2005 when he arrested a Mexican drug dealer trapped on a ranch outside Phoenix. The suspect had vowed not to be taken alive.

Dominicis worked for many years as an undercover special agent within the IRS.
Dominicis worked for many years as an undercover special agent within the IRS.

"I had an informant in the house so I knew he was armed — he had a .45 — And this man told me that our suspect said he wasn't going to go back to prison, said Dominicis, who was investigating the Arizona branch of the deadly Sinaloa Cartel.

In an early morning raid after months of work with the FBI, DEA, and other agencies, Dominisis pulled out a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol and, as the team burst in, how the planned takedown would go.

In 2019, the IRS' CI division was part of Operation Cookout, a multi-agency investigation of the Sinaloa cartel in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas that led to the arrest of 35 defendants and the seizure of 24 firearms, 30 kilos of fentanyl and 30 kilos of heroin.

``Somebody's door. 112} It's always dangerous to knock, go to the other side,' he said.

"We went in and I was covering the hallway on the right. The suspect came out in his underwear, so I knew immediately that he was unarmed. I told him I pointed the gun and it was fine."

But the arrest underscores the need for IRS agents to have enough weapons to pursue violent criminals. said Dominicis.  

"I don't believe most people realize how much these agents are engaged in law-enforcement activities," said Ryan Corrigan, a longtime member of the IRS' Criminal Investigation unit.

He said, "Without it, I wouldn't want to arrest anyone." The Criminal Investigation Unit it operates currently has 2,046 agents.

Drug cases are one of the most dangerous for investigators, he said, Mr. Dominicis. He now runs his PI company, Maven Investigations, near Knoxville, Tennessee.

Miami Drugs His gang-run thieves have "scored numerous warrants in seedy neighborhoods." processed."

"To be armed is smart," said Domenicis (far left) of busting potentially violent federal criminals. "I wouldn't try to arrest somebody without it." 
"It's wise to be armed," said Domenisis (far left), after taking down potentially violent federal criminals. 

"The risk was increasing. So the perimeter security team needed to have an AR just in case." -15 on hand.”

CI was part of Operation Cookout, a multi-agency investigation into the Sinaloa Cartel in Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas in 2019. did. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 35 defendants and the seizure of 24 firearms and 30 kilograms. Fentanyl and 30 kilos of heroin.

"I don't think most people realize how much these agents are involved in law enforcement efforts," says longtime CI member Ryan Corrigan. said to }”, detailing his career.

"The agent has recently been involved in a number of things, including cryptocurrency fraud, terrorism, and international money laundering.

"Whenever he is arrested for a felony , there is a dangerous element, ”he said. ``You may come across someone armed.