Skip to comments.Family steps up quest for answers in ICE agent's murder
Posted on 06/29/2012 11:09:32 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
A Brownsville family is stepping up their quest for answers in the death of an ICE against killed by a weapon linked to the "Fast & Furious" scandal.
The family of slain U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata held a press conference in Brownsville on Friday morning.
Zapata's mother Mary Zapata says they still don't have answers more than year after her son's February 2011 murder in San Luis Potosi.
Zetas drug cartel leader Julian Espinoza-Zapata (aka "El Piolin") is facing federal charges in Washington DC but little other information about the case has come out.
Fast & Furious
The family's press conference comes one day after Congress found U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for not releasing documents related to the "Fast & Furious" scandal.
U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) agents let gun smugglers ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
One of the smuggled weapons was used to kill Zapata while another was used to kill a Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
Dozens of Congressmen, including the Rio Grande Valley's Ruben Hinojosa (D-Mercedes), staged a "walk out" to support Holder.
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Zapata Family ping.
Here’s how it works down in Cartel-land: if you are seen selling ice-cream or whatever a couple times to guys from one cartel? Mostly that’s ok.
But what if instead you are an important biz entity seen doing important and lasting biz with, “Cartel X”...? Well, the view of the other cartels is that that business entity is more or less “belonging” to Cartel X.
It’s a gang thang.
So when Obama brokered his, “drug load intel in return for NO busts”-arrangement with the Sinaloa Cartel, that told the other cartels, “THE USA IS THE SINALOA CARTEL.
Now....to you and me that sounds COMPLETELY NUTS but Mexican folks (e.g. cartelistas) are profoundly more experienced in the view of badge holders (even US badge holders) as, “Just Another Gang”.
So when they saw US Customs Agent Zapata down there driving around? In fact they saw a RIVAL DRUG CARTEL OPERATIVE driving around.
Saaaay...did Zapata’s bosses even bother to tell him, “Uh...go get ‘em, Zappy bro, but, uh....there’s just one more thing —be careful cuz now YOU TOO are a cartel guy, m’kay...?”
Did they tell him? My guess is they did NOT tell him —that the secret arrangement was SO sensitive that he didn’t even know it.
How dangerous would that be for the low-level officers at the operational level on the ground in Mexico...? To be sent out as a CARTELISTA, DRIVING AROUND TOWN WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING IT...?
Would they DO THAT to their subordinates?
WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER...?
Jaime is reported to be investigating F & f. So what did they find?