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Zeta Arraigned for Killing of U.S. Agent in Mexico

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 |


A reputed member of Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel was arraigned in federal court on Wednesday for the killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent on Mexican soil.

Julian Zapata Espinoza, “El Piolín” entered a not guilty plea.

U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the defendant held without bail and scheduled the next hearing for Jan. 24, prosecution spokesman Bob Miller told EFE.

Zapata Espinoza was arrested eight days after the Feb. 15 ambush that left ICE agent Jaime Zapata dead and his colleague Victor Avila wounded. Mexican prosecutors agreed to defer charges against the alleged shooter so he could be quickly extradited to the United States.

Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila were attacked by Zetas gunmen while driving from Mexico City to the northern city of Monterrey.

The two agents, who were assigned to the ICE attache office in Mexico City, were driving an armored vehicle when they were attacked in the state of San Luis Potosi.

The six suspects – including Zapata Espinoza – detained by Mexican troops in connection with the ambush told authorities the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

Zapata and Avila were traveling in a Chevrolet Suburban, a popular model among Mexican gangsters, and the suspects said they thought the ICE agents were members of a rival criminal outfit.

The 32-year-old Zapata, a resident of Brownsville, Texas, was on a temporary assignment in Mexico.

“This prosecution exemplifies our unwavering effort to prosecute those who committed this heinous offense against U.S. law enforcement agents,” the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen Jr., said Wednesday.

“We will not rest until those responsible for the murder of Agent Zapata and the wounding of Agent Avila are brought to justice,” Machen said.

About 30 ICE agents are currently working in Mexico, according to the agency, along with others from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI, with agents assigned to Mexico City and other cities, such as Monterrey, Hermosillo, Guadalajara, Ciudad Juarez and Durango.
 
Source: EFE

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Anonymous said...

may all your girlfriends be boyfriends you pos.

Anonymous said...

Obama and eric holder should be shackled right next to this killer, they are accomplices to the crime, they sold the guns to the cartels

Anonymous said...

He himself said he wasnt the one who shot the ice agent.The real trigger man is still at large this guy is a classic example of a scapegoat.

Anonymous said...

This guy has the dumbest look on his face.

Anonymous said...

I hope that this guy is the one who actually did it and not some dumb ass that the Mexican authorities are using as an escape goat to appease the U.S. Goverment.

Anonymous said...

Tiene cara de Estupido. He is probably a scapegoat

Anonymous said...

Tiene cara de Estupido. He is probably a scapegoat

Anonymous said...

The coca Nazi: No more coke for you 100 yrs. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Y a que extraditaron a este bato a EU?? A triunfarrr. Piolin por la manana.

DFL said...

Death to that pussy filty son of a dirty street whore. Fucking pig ass bitch. Fuck him and his zeta gangbanging asshole buddies. LOSERS, LOSERS, WORTHLESS FILITY LOSERS shit from thier mothers asses!!!

Anonymous said...

What a waste. One bullet is all that's needed.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the needle! Please use twice the dose of chemicals when you kill this puto!

... said...

Mexico Has a 1% Prosecution rate For All Murders. When there is a Homicide, The Mex.Police just go through the motions, collect up the evidence, and NOTHING GETS DONE.

Until the USA cracks the whip, Then All of The Sudden, Suspects get Deported and Extradited to the USA.

The Judicial System in Mexico id CORRUPT From the TOP DOWN.

The Mexican Justice Dept. CAN PRSROSECUTE when it wants to, it just FAILS to do so Until the US Govt. TURNS UP THE HEAT.


There is No Justice in Mexico because they make a Mockery of it.

Anonymous said...

put him in front of a firing squad

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