Archives for 2011

Five Million Dollar reward for information

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State , and Department of Homeland Security jointly announced a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of individuals allegedly responsible for the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE HSI Special Agent Victor Avila.

The FBI, in conjunction with ICE, has established a 24-hour tip line based in the United States to process the information. Individuals in the United States with information are encouraged to call 1-866-859-9778. Individuals in Mexico can provide information by calling +001 800-225-5324. Spanish language speakers will be available using either number. Anyone wishing to e-mail information can do so by visiting: https://tips.fbi.gov. All information is considered confidential.

The government of Mexico announced a reward of up to 10 million pesos for information leading to the arrest of individuals allegedly responsible for the murder and attempted murder. Individuals can call (55) 53-46-15-44 and (55) 53-46-00-00, extension 4748 in Mexico City. Outside of Mexico City, individuals can call 01-800-831-31-96 to provide information. Information may also be sent to the following e-mail address: denunciapgr@gob.mx. More information about the government of Mexico’s award can be found at www.recompensas.gob.mx.

Zapata and Avila were ambushed in Mexico on February 15, 2011, as they were traveling in their U.S. government-issued vehicle from the state of San Luis Potosi to Mexico City. Mexican authorities have detained several individuals in connection with this incident and the investigation continues at this time.

The U.S. reward is being offered by the U.S. government through the U.S. Department of State’s Narcotics Rewards Program, which was established by Congress in 1986. Additional information on this program can be found at: www.state.gov/p/inl/narc/rewards/index.htm.

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Online infringement and counterfeits pose a great risk to American jobs and the economy.

Members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committee got together on Capitol Hill to speak about the continuing harm online infringement and counterfeits pose to American jobs and the economy. According to estimates, intellectual property theft costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion every year, and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs.

 

Theft of American Intellectual Property not only robs those in the creative chain of adequate compensation, but it also stunts potential for economic growth, cheats our communities out of good paying jobs, and threatens future American innovation.

 

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Workplace Shootings

Shootings throughout the United States receive a great deal of coverage in the media.  The last few years have seen even more horrific workplace shootings. Though the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) keeps data on these matters, the reporting of them is sparse.

From 2004 to 2008, an average of 564 work-related homicides occurred each year in the United States. In 2008, a total of 526 workplace homicides occurred.

In 2008 there were 30 multiple-fatality workplace homicide incidents, accounting for 67 homicides and 7 suicides. On average, about two people died in each of these incidents.

Shootings accounted for 80 percent of all homicides in 2008 (421 fatal injuries). Co-workers and former co-workers were the assailants in 12 percent of all shootings.

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Counterfeit Products and Organized Crime

Most law enforcement agencies tend to turn a blind eye to the counterfeit goods being sold in the United States.  They simply take no enforcement action against the criminal organizations behind this activity. They say they don’t have the manpower or the backing of their agency to go after such minor issues.

This is not a minor issue.  The people who manufacture counterfeit goods are in it for one reason. GREED.  The money invested by Organized Crime, to manufacture, smuggle, and sell counterfeit goods is one of the safest ways to quickly generate more income.  MORE MONEY TO FINANCE THEIR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

The fact that they use child or slave labor to manufacture these goods simply decreases their expenses.  Every dollar you spend to buy counterfeit goods promotes such activities. Don’t be mislead or fool yourself into believing the money goes to these children or those pressed into slave labor.  The profits go right back to the criminals promoting further illegal activities. They could care less that the items of clothing and fashion are substandard and not flame retardant.  If the glasses they smuggle are not 
shatterproof, why should they care.  They are not stupid enough to buy or use them.

They manufacture counterfeit pharmaceuticals that are so much cheaper through the internet or the flea markets.  Many of them contain ingredients that are not on the label, include too little or none of the ingredients found in the real product, and can be dangerous.

Counterfeit automotive and aviation parts have been responsible for endangering our families, our military personnel, and other innocent parties.

Counterfeit cigarettes are flooding the market and are filled with harmful products, more than your genuine brands.

The next time you are tempted to save some money and buy a counterfeit item, whether it be a CD, a DVD, clothing, car parts, electronics, eyewear, medicine, or anything else, remember you are supporting the criminal element in your community.

Report those who are selling counterfeit goods to local law enforcement, the FBI and ICE.  Demand that they take appropriate action. Take time to commend those agencies that understand that this is a growing problem in our community.  Thank them for making time to  fight crime at every level.

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Read more on U.S. Customs news releases on counterfeit seizures.

 

10 Most Counterfeited Products Sold in America

 

 

Questioning the murder investigation in Mexico

There are many who question the investigative results by Mexican officials, who claim that the attack on the SUV containing   U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Special Agent Jaime Zapata and Special Agent Victor Avila, was a mistake.  The vehicle the Agents were in had SRE tags.

The government of Mexico has quickly provided an answer to the questions surrounding this murder investigation.  Much like they did during the 1985 investigation surrounding the murder of DEA SA Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

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OPERATION FALLEN HERO, a response to the murder of Special Agent Jaime Zapata

Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Secret Service (USSS),  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Marshals Service (USMS),  and state and local law enforcement officers across the United States, have undertaken the investigations and arrest of members of the Mexican drug cartels, in response to the murder of ICE Special Agent (SA) Jaime Zapata in Mexico on February 15, 2011.

In 1985, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped.  Mexican authorities attempted to cover up the true story, stating that the kidnapping had been a mistake. The U.S. investigation later showed that Camarena was kidnapped and savagely tortured by drug traffickers in Mexico, before being murdered.

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Mexican soldiers have arrested alleged Zeta drug cartel member who said the attack on Zapata and Victor Avila, was a case of mistaken identity, because the vehicle the agents were in was the type used by a rival band.  The license plates on the vehicle were said to have been diplomatic plates.

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We need to DEMAND that the United States government take any act of violence, by a foreign national, against any United States citizen,  United States government official, United States registered aircraft, vehicle and vessel, and against any United States Territory or Possession, wherever the act occurs, as an act of aggression against the United States, and as such will result in a direct response by the United States government.

Thousands turn out to say goodbye to ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata

Thousands of mourners were on hand Tuesday to express their sense of loss, and honor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent (SA) Jaime Zapata. Federal, state, and local Law Enforcement Officers and Special Agents began arriving before sunrise ahead of the funeral at the Brownsville Event center.

Special Agent Jaime Zapata was laid to rest at Roselawn Cemetery.

 

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Meantime, Mexican authorities claim to have a list of suspects who are responsible for the murder of SA Jaime Zapata.  Jesus “el Mamito” Rejon is one of the suspects. Hopefully, the Mexican government can bring the suspects in ALIVE and will be able to bring them to trial. Hopefully, that would bring out the true facts behind this case, and identify EVERY individual responsible.

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No arrests in the shooting of two ICE Agents

Today, top law enforcement officials eulogized Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent (SA) Jamie Zapata who was gunned down in an ambush in Mexico.  While there have been no arrests in the case, ICE Director John Morton was quoted, “The U.S. and Mexico will bring the long, hard arm of the law down on Jaime and Victor’s shooters,”.

U.S. Agents have always been targets for criminals. This is just one example of how ruthless and brazen the criminal element in Mexico has become.  Stories of Mexican nationals coming into the US to commit burglaries, robberies, and homicides are not new.  They are well documented.  Homicides in Mexico continue to rise.

If the US government doesn’t take a positive stance to protect it’s citizens in the US and abroad, and does not “Pull out all the stops”, to bring  everyone responsible for the ambush and killing of ICE SA Jamie Zapata, the killings will continue.

 

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Close the Ports of Entry along the Mexican border

In 1985, when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, efforts within the DEA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to get Mexico to help in the investigation seemed futile.  At that time U.S. Customs Commissioner William von Raab closed the U.S./Mexico border for days, which put pressure on the Mexican government forcing them to help with the investigation. IT WORKED.  von Raab, like everyone, had his faults, but he was willing to risk his position for a Special Agent who was not even within his agency.

Mexico’s attempt to cover up the true story, stating that the kidnapping had been a mistake, and then killing five individuals whom they claimed were involved should be a lesson to the United States. The U.S. investigation showed that Camarena was tortured before he was murdered.  The kidnapping and murder was orchestrated by drug traffickers in Mexico.

Don’t forget the danger our U.S. Agents face every day, here and abroad. We have not won the alleged “War on Drugs”, we are not even making headway. Until Mexico, and the United States, launch an all out war on drugs and corruption it will continue to grow. IT WILL GET worse.

Yesterday two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agents, assisting the attache office in Mexico City were shot.  Special Agent Jaime Zapata, was killed and the other agent, Victor Avila, was wounded. Various stories are already circulating in Mexico.

I doubt anyone at the Department of Homeland Security or the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will have the intestinal fortitude to shut down the ports of entry along the Mexican border. However, it should be done!

 

Read more about the Enrique “Kiki” Camarena case

Read more about the recent shooting in Mexico

Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agents shot in Mexico

Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agents, assigned to the Attache office in Mexico City were allegedly shot Tuesday afternoon while driving between Mexico City and the city of Monterrey, by unknown gunmen.  No further details are available.

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Agents apparently ambushed at an alleged military checkpoint. One of the Customs Agents has died. The second agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition.

 

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Update on shooting.  Is it time to shut down the Mexican border AGAIN until those responsible are brought to justice?  The slain Agent has been identified as Jaime Zapata.

 

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