Skip to comments.New arrest in ICE agent's slaying announced by Mexican authorities
Posted on 04/06/2011 11:28:18 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
The Mexican government announced the arrest of another individual in connection with the February shooting that killed ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and injured his partner, Victor Avila.
Jose Manuel El Safado Garcia Soto, 30, and five other alleged members of the Zetas were arrested Saturday in the city of San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., according to a news release from Mexicos Office of the President.
Zapata was gunned down by a group of Zetas on Feb. 15 while driving along a Mexican highway in San Luis Potosi state.
The arrest took place when Mexican federal police raided a stash house in the Ciudad 2000 neighborhood, where Garcia Soto was hiding a kidnapping victim. Once in custody, Garcia Soto claimed to have participated in the attack against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents under orders from Julian El Piolín Zapata Espinoza, according to the release.
Zapata Espinoza was arrested in February, shortly after the attack. Since then, authorities have announced other arrests including Piolíns boss Sergio Antonio El Toto Mora, Luis Miguel El Oso Rojo Rojo Ocejo and others.
During questioning by authorities, Garcia Soto also gave information about another stash house where more victims were being kept and authorities set up another raid, this time in the San Angel neighborhood.
During that raid authorities rescued three kidnapping victims.
The other Zetas that were arrested during the two raids were identified as Francisco El Viernes, Heras Beltran, 33, Miguel Daniel El Cara Ramirez Mendoza, 28, Jose Ismael El Cacho Nava Villagrán, 28, Marcela Medina Jimenez, 27, and 19-year-old Claudia Covarrubias Jimenez.
During the raids, authorities seized four AK-47 assault rifles, two AR-15 assault rifles, 35 ammunition magazines for AK-47, one grenade, one Toyota pickup, one Toyota Camry, various electronic and communications devices and a wooden paddle.
Zetas probably told them to turn themselves in or their heads would be rolling on the streets.
Probably an assault paddle.
As shucks, I was hoping it would be Eric Holder.
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I think that we can be reasonably sure that the ATF isn’t responsible for the paddle.