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U.S. offers $5 million in hunt for killer of federal agent (timing questioned)
Houston Chronicle ^ | March 30, 2011 | Dane Schiller

Posted on 03/31/2011 2:53:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The U.S. is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture of whoever is responsible for the slaying of an American federal agent in Mexico, suggesting Washington seeks to snare the person who ordered the killing or doubts those in Mexican custody acted alone.


Mike Vigil, a retired Drug Enforcement Administration executive who was based in Mexico, said....."They have arrested a few lowlifes that apparently were involved, but what is not known is if they were the only ones responsible," Vigil said.

...Alonzo Pena, who recently retired as deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, suggested nothing should be read into the timing of the reward. The delay between the shooting itself and the posting of the reward is most likely due to bureaucratic delays.

...Drug cartels, which often operate across the Rio Grande from Texas, have a reputation for brutality against rivals as well as any civilians who cross their paths.....

A spokesman for Grupo Savant, a private intelligence and security firm based in Washington, D.C., said it is peculiar the U.S. government would now offer a reward.

"I do not know what the thinking is there," he said. "It is kind of a slap in the face to the Mexicans."

He speculated that U.S. officials either don't think Mexico got the right guys, or the guys that were arrested were "sacrificial lambs."

Before the attack on the ICE agents, top leaders of the Zetas were already fugitives from U.S. justice for alleged drug trafficking and were the subjects of rewards of up to $5 million.

The FBI has a 24-hour tip line based in the United States to handle confidential calls about the attack as well as other major cases.

That phone number is 866-859-9778.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: drugcartel; ice; jaimezapata; mexico

ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was shot
and killed February 15 after he was attacked by
unknown assailants while driving between Monterrey,
Mexico, and Mexico City.
1 posted on 03/31/2011 2:53:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

(ok, imagine Slim Pickens voice)

Well if you boys keep a’ buyin’ them drugs them ol’ boys is gonna keep sellin’ em.

Was this killing not the worst ??? It makes your blood boil the way it was done. Obvious with a capital O. The family suffers. It’s just wrong.

We gotta stop buying illegal drugs.

2 posted on 03/31/2011 3:01:27 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: PieterCasparzen

And stop human trafficking (which he was investigating).....and correct the terrible error that our agents be unarmed in Mexico.

3 posted on 03/31/2011 3:07:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
...let's find out WHO issued the directive arming agents with beanbags?
4 posted on 03/31/2011 3:23:43 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife


5 posted on 03/31/2011 3:24:05 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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6 posted on 03/31/2011 4:11:28 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obviously, no human can be at fault—we must instead BLAME THE GUN!
Well then, who let the gun loose IN THE FIRST PLACE??

7 posted on 03/31/2011 4:27:27 AM PDT by Flintlock
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To: Flintlock

Hows about blaming the entire criminal culture and enterprise fed by a southern “open” border due to the abdication of adult supervision of our national (or States) security interests?

8 posted on 03/31/2011 4:36:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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