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Second gun used in ICE agent murder linked to ATF undercover operation
CBS News ^ | February 22, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson

Posted on 02/23/2012 11:48:23 AM PST by neverdem

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Jaime Zapata was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday, Feb. 15 2011 after he was attacked by unknown assailants while driving between Monterrey, Mexico, and Mexico City. One year later, his family still lacks answers about his death.(Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Prosecutors recently sentenced a Texas man, Manuel Barba, for trafficking a weapon connected to the murder of Immigration and Customs (ICE) Agent Jaime Zapata. Nobody was more astonished to learn of the case than Zapata's parents, who didn't know that Barba had been arrested or linked to their son's murder.

"The family was obviously surprised to learn that there was a case involving a weapon linked to the Zapata incident," attorney Trey Martinez told CBS News. Martinez represents Zapata's parents and the surviving ICE agent in the assault, Victor Avila. "They were surprised they had never been contacted in the capacity as victims so they could give a response or some kind of reaction at the time of sentencing."

Barba was sentenced to 100 months in prison on January 30th. When we asked why the Zapatas weren't contacted, prosecutors in Houston told CBS News they only handled the weapons charges: conspiracy, false statements and exportation/receipt of firearms. Zapata's actual murder "is being handled by another US Attorney's office and... is separate and apart from the firearms case that was handled by our district," said a spokeswoman. She added the firearms offenses "are crimes that do not involve victims in the legal sense of the word and therefore, notifications are not part of the legal process."

In a related development, CBS News has obtained documents showing that Barba was under ATF surveillance for at least six months before a rifle he trafficked was used in Zapata's murder. Zapata's government vehicle was ambushed by suspected cartel thugs in Mexico Feb. 15, 2011.

Documents indicate ATF opened its case against Barba, entitled "Baytown Crew," in June of 2010. During the investigation, court records state Barba recruited straw purchasers and "facilitated the purchase and exportation of at least 44 firearms" including assault rifles. On August 20, 2010 Barba took delivery of the WASR-10 semi-automatic rifle later used in Zapata's murder, obliterated its serial number, and sent it to Mexico with nine others just like it. Nearly two months later, on Oct. 8, 2010, ATF agents recorded a phone call in which Barba "spoke about the final disposition of ... firearms to Mexico and also about the obliterating of the serial numbers before they were trafficked." Barba told straw purchasers the guns were destined for the Zeta drug cartel.

A warrant wasn't issued for Barba's arrest until four months later; coincidentally, the day before a rifle he trafficked was used against Zapata.

Barba is now the second weapons trafficker who had been under ATF surveillance to be linked to Zapata's murder. As CBS News previously reported, ATF had also been watching suspect Otilio Osorio during the time he trafficked a different weapon used in Zapata's assault. Records show ATF watched on Nov. 9, 2010 as Osorio, his brother Ranferi and Kelvin Leon Morrison transferred a cache of illegal weapons to a confidential informant but failed to arrest the men at the time.

The government has kept a close hold on nearly all information surrounding Zapata's murder, denying the family's Freedom of Information requests on the basis of an ongoing investigation. The Zapata's attorney says they will keep pursuing the information by "whatever means necessary."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Mexico; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; corruption; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; fraud; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; ice; obama

1 posted on 02/23/2012 11:48:28 AM PST by neverdem
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To: Travis McGee

Ping to ya...


2 posted on 02/23/2012 11:52:12 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: neverdem

If this is worth reporting at all on how come all the stalwart media types haven’t asked one single Fast & Furious question at any of the over a dozen GOP primary debates?


3 posted on 02/23/2012 11:52:21 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Newt should have brought it up


4 posted on 02/23/2012 11:55:56 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: MestaMachine

ping


5 posted on 02/23/2012 11:58:10 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: skeeter
It's unbelievable, isn't it? F&F has got to be the biggest government F up in my lifetime and except for an occasional CBS story the MSM has been dead quiet about it.

I guess it's up to Freepers to make some noise.

6 posted on 02/23/2012 12:00:01 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: al baby
You're right.

There is so much material that could've been used there's no reason each gotcha question asked over the past three months couldn't have been turned into a Obama-arse-kicking sound bite.

7 posted on 02/23/2012 12:03:30 PM PST by skeeter
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To: neverdem

“Nobody was more astonished to learn of the case than Zapata’s parents, who didn’t know that Barba had been arrested or linked to their son’s murder.”

Wow.


8 posted on 02/23/2012 12:12:16 PM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: skeeter

Funny how that works.


9 posted on 02/23/2012 12:15:10 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

The Terry and Zapata families should start openly going on the media and demanding answers from the communist traitors and ghetto looting thugs obama and holder.


10 posted on 02/23/2012 12:19:07 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: neverdem

Obama and Holder illegally sold guns into Mexico that have been used to kill US citizens.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 1:01:38 PM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: al baby

No question. The candidates should all be mentioning anything that shows how incompetent this administration is. If they need to wait for someone to mention this then its further proof we need someone else.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 1:24:14 PM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: wiggen

I have owned and shot absolutely hundreds if not a thousand guns in my lifetime. I have shot 60000 registered trap targets, truckloads of .45ACP in pistol matches, hunted Africa, Alaska, USA, and Canada, not one single person has been killed with one of mine, and I am carrying one now. Eric Holder and Obama have never owned a firearm, but are responsible for at least two American LEO deaths as well as a couple hundred Mexicans that we know of.

Somehow we are the ones who are a danger to our fellow man.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 1:42:46 PM PST by nobamanomore
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To: neverdem

Yeah... It gets worse.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/82551598/Plea-deal-with-Manuel-Barba

From here...

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1145029_ATF_Gunwalker__p_312_2nd_gun_from_Zapata_murder_linked_to_ATF__Plea_on_p312.html&page=312


14 posted on 02/23/2012 1:54:23 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Um... the MSM knows. It just doesn’t care. Doesn’t fit the narrative.


15 posted on 02/23/2012 1:55:34 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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16 posted on 02/23/2012 2:10:22 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Dead Corpse
A plea deal eh? Is that in exchange for not talking about ATF involvement?
17 posted on 02/23/2012 3:09:42 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Dead Corpse

Thanks for the links.


18 posted on 02/23/2012 3:30:03 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem; Dead Corpse

Thanks for the post; links. Very interesting. Condolences to Jaime Zapata’s family and friends. R.I.P., sir.


19 posted on 02/23/2012 4:56:55 PM PST by PGalt
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To: neverdem
Darrell Issa needs to subpoena Manuel Barba.
20 posted on 02/23/2012 5:06:38 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: nobamanomore
I have owned and shot absolutely hundreds if not a thousand guns in my lifetime. I have shot 60000 registered trap targets, truckloads of .45ACP in pistol matches, hunted Africa, Alaska, USA, and Canada, not one single person has been killed with one of mine, and I am carrying one now. Eric Holder and Obama have never owned a firearm, but are responsible for at least two American LEO deaths as well as a couple hundred Mexicans that we know of.

Somehow we are the ones who are a danger to our fellow man despotic overlords.

Fixed.

21 posted on 02/23/2012 5:34:22 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: neverdem
An estimated 200 Mexicans have been killed by Holder's idoicy. WHO CARES???

Answer: Not Obama, not ABC, CNN, NBC or NYT!

22 posted on 02/23/2012 8:14:03 PM PST by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: PGalt; neverdem; TigersEye

Nolo Contendre over at AR15. Com occasionally pulls docs from PACER. The guy is a hell of a lawyer...


23 posted on 02/23/2012 8:51:20 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 02/23/2012 8:51:32 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Dead Corpse

I was being facetious of course. I haven’t given up that this mess will catch up with the real perps but my hope is getting pretty slim. Now even the straw buyers are cutting deals.


25 posted on 02/23/2012 9:07:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: neverdem
Paging Mr Eric Holder. Please pick up the Red Courtesy phone.
And your Orange Federal Prisoner Jumpsuit after your phone call.

Thank you.
We The People

26 posted on 02/24/2012 7:25:37 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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