Mexico arrest 6 Zetas in shooting of ICE agents
Image via WikipediaSan Antonio Express-News:
Mexican soldiers arrested six men Wednesday who they say carried out last week’s fatal ambush of U.S. special agent Jaime Zapata.This is pretty quick work by Mexican authorities who were apparently familiar with the gang, but had not got around to arresting them before the shooting. Lawmakers in the US are considering lifting a ban on carrying weapons in Mexico for US agents. I think that is a good idea.
Authorities said the suspects told them they believed Zapata and his partner Victor Avila — who was wounded in the attack — were members of a rival gang because of the vehicle they were driving.
The suspects belong to a cell of the Zetas, a violent criminal gang headquartered in the cities bordering South Texas.
Officials identified the group’s leader as Julian Zapata Espinoza, alias “El Piolin,” or “Tweety Bird” who they said directed a Zeta assassination cell in San Luis Potosi state, where Zapata was killed Feb. 15.
Military intelligence officers had been aware of the gang’s activities in the state capital, also called San Luis Potosi, since last December, Defense Department spokesman Ricardo Trevilla said. Soldiers went looking for the gang in the wake of the U.S. agent’s killing.