Archives for February 2011

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

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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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Counterfeit Coins

Thousands of counterfeit coins have been showing up in Port Angeles, Washington.  Silver dollars with dates from the 1890s have been counterfeited and sold to a local business.  It is believed that the counterfeit coins have come from China. Buyer beware!

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2011 Criminal Justice Summit at the Inn At Gig Harbor

The 2011 Criminal Justice Summit will be held at the Inn At Gig Harbor from February 29, 2011 to March 2, 2011. The speakers will include Ann Rule, Parealla Lewis, Rob McKenna, Russ Hauge, and John Batiste.

 

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Failure to properly respond to Critical Investigative Information Disastrous

The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), allegedly had enough investigative information to have Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan discharged from the military before he killed 13 DOD employees and wounded 32 others in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, according to a new bipartisan Senate report.

Both agencies knew of his violent Islamist extremism but did not act upon the information they had.  The DOD failed to take action against Hasan despite his extreme views. Hasan had been described as “a ticking time bomb.”

 

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Counterfeit Cigarettes

Counterfeit cigarettes continue to be a problem, both for your health and your pocket book.  Research has shown that the average counterfeit cigarette has about 70% or more tar and about 25% or more nicotine. Counterfeit and fake cigarettes are often contaminated with other harmful materials. Philip Morris continues to support law enforcement efforts to battle this issue.

 

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