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    Mexican drug gang sweep includes San Diego, 12 arrested

    Mexican drug gang sweep includes San Diego

    By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press
    February 24, 2011 at 8:33 a.m.

    Federal, state and local authorities conducted a massive sweep Thursday in the United States and Latin America of suspected Mexican drug cartel members in the United States in a widespread domestic response to the killing of a U.S. agent in Mexico last week.

    Carl Pike, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's special operations division, said the sweep is a direct reaction to the shooting death of Customs and Immigration Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico last week.

    "We are taking a stand and we are sending a message back to the cartels that we will not tolerate the murder of a U.S. agent, or any U.S. official," Pike said.

    An agent involved in a raid in Houston was shot and wounded Thursday, though the injury was not life-threatening, according to a federal official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing operation. The shooting occurred during a raid by agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Houston police. It was not clear what agency the injured officer worked for, and the suspected shooter is in custody.

    Pike said the roundup, which began Wednesday and was expected to continue into Friday, is targeting suspected criminals with ties to any Mexican drug cartel to try to disrupt drug trafficking operations in the United States.

    "This is personal," said Louie Garcia, deputy special agent in charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's special operations unit. "We lost an agent, we lost a good agent. And we have to respond."

    The sweep, which is being mirrored this week in Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, and Mexico, is being coordinated by DEA and ICE.

    By Thursday morning, thousands of law enforcement officers in areas including Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver, Detroit, San Antonio, San Diego, Chicago, Newark and Miami had seized more than $4.5 million in cash and nearly 20 guns, arrested more than 100 people and confiscated about 23 pounds of methamphetamine, 107 kilograms of cocaine, 5 pounds of heroin and 300 pounds of marijuana at several hundred locations.

    Zapata was killed and fellow ICE agent Victor Avila was wounded in Mexico on Feb. 15 when the Chevy Suburban they were in was run off the road by at least two vehicles loaded with armed men. Authorities have said the agents, who were driving in a fortified sport utility vehicle with diplomatic license plates, identified themselves as U.S. diplomats in the moments before the shooting.

    Mexican authorities have arrested one person in connection with the brazen attack, which is believed to be the work of members of Mexico's Zetas gang. Former Mexican special forces soldiers are among its members.

    "We are basically going out to disrupt narcotics distribution here in the United States no matter what cartel their allegiance is to," Pike said. "It would be futile to send a message back to one cartel when they all are just as guilty."

    Pike said that while the sweeps are a direct response to Zapata's killing, the majority of suspects were already targets of other investigations.

    "People actually sacrificed a great deal of work" for these sweeps, Pike said. "For the lost agent's memory it's important, but we're also in a bully situation. If we don't push back, some other 18-year-old cartel member is going to think, 'They didn't do anything, so all U.S. citizens are fair game.'"

    Mexican law enforcement and politicians have become routine targets of Mexico's warring drug cartels. But for the most part, U.S. authorities had largely been avoided.

    Last year, an employee at the U.S. consulate and her husband, a Texas jail guard, were killed on their way back to El Paso, Texas, from a birthday party in neighboring Ciudad Juarez. But Zapata's killing marks the highest profile attack on U.S. authorities in Mexico since the 1985 kidnapping and killing of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.

    This week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon complained that U.S. help in the fight against warring cartels has been "insufficient." He made the comment to a Mexican newspaper in response to recently disclosed secret diplomatic cables in which U.S. officials criticized his anti-drug strategy. Calderon told the newspaper that the dispatches show U.S. diplomats' ignorance about Mexican security efforts.

    More than 35,000 people have been killed since Calderon launched a crackdown against drug gangs in December 2006.

    Mexican authorities are leading the investigation of Zapata's death and the Justice Department has announced a joint task force, led by the FBI, with the Homeland Security Department.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration coordinated the sweep along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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    from houston....

    Nainash Patel, 39, an HPD narcotics officer, was shot twice, with one bullet going through his elbow and another still lodged in his hip. Patel was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and is expected to have a 100 percent recovery, said HPD Police Chief Charles McClelland.

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    Nationwide drug raids lead to 12 arrests locally

    By Debbi Baker
    Originally published February 25, 2011 at 4 p.m., updated February 25, 2011 at 11:26 p.m.

    SAN DIEGO — A total of 12 people ended up being arrested in San Diego County as part of a massive law enforcement effort this week aimed at drug-trafficking organizations in the United States and Latin America, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman said Friday.

    Seven of the people are facing charges in federal court and five in state court.

    More than 670 arrests were made nationally in the raids that began Wednesday and that were done in response to the killing last week in Mexico of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata.

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    "We are taking a stand and we are sending a message back to the cartels that we will not tolerate the murder of a U.S. agent, or any U.S. official," Pike said.


    So all was good having these people in our country til they loose an agent?

    I wish I had the funding to investigate the OBOZO administration for Cartel ties. I KNOW I would find more that one involved with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TakingBackSoCal
    "We are taking a stand and we are sending a message back to the cartels that we will not tolerate the murder of a U.S. agent, or any U.S. official," Pike said.


    So all was good having these people in our country til they loose an agent?

    I wish I had the funding to investigate the OBOZO administration for Cartel ties. I KNOW I would find more that one involved with them.
    They always wait until someone Is killed before they react. Just like Crapolitano and friends policy of only arresting a "criminal" Illegal (one that has committed a felony).... they will let Illegals commit various crimes In our communities until they finally commit a felony, THEN they will do something about It. Great Idea lets just wait until an Illegal actually KILLS SOMEONE before we do anything about It.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TakingBackSoCal
    "We are taking a stand and we are sending a message back to the cartels that we will not tolerate the murder of a U.S. agent, or any U.S. official," Pike said.


    So all was good having these people in our country til they loose an agent?

    I wish I had the funding to investigate the OBOZO administration for Cartel ties. I KNOW I would find more that one involved with them.
    Exactly my thoughts! Thousands of "plain ol Americans" are allowed to die because of IAs but not much is done to curb that. Then when a U.S. official...

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    . . . ICE last year removed more than 392,800 aliens from the United States;
    of that number, more than 195,700 were aliens with criminal convictions . . .

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    ( That would mean that about 197,100, more than half, had no criminal convictions. )
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    Stash & cash seized in West Side 'coke den' raid
    By JOSH MARGOLIN and AARON FEIS

    Last Updated: 6:30 AM, February 26, 2011

    Posted: 1:26 AM, February 26, 2011

    Federal agents uncovered a huge stash of cocaine and guns in a tony Upper West Side apartment during a raid yesterday that was part of a nationwide crackdown on Mexican drug bandits, sources said yesterday.

    Suspect Edwin Diaz, 31, of Washington Heights, was taken into custody and is scheduled to be arraigned today on a charge of possession with intent to distribute.

    His alleged drug den, on West 87th Street, near West End Avenue, is just steps from St. Agnes High School. It had been operating for about four months, sources said.

    The stash of drugs allegedly included five kilos of powder cocaine, one kilo of crack cocaine and 350 oxycodone pills. Drug Enforcement Administration agents also found three loaded semiautomatic handguns, ledger books, documents and cash.

    "It sucks to hear that's in your neighborhood," said one woman who lives in the area. "You can't live in paranoia about it. This stuff is just like terrorism. Normally it's a very safe neighborhood."

    The raid was part of Operation Bombardier, launched last week after a federal agent was killed in drug-ravaged northern Mexico. DEA agents stormed the apartment yesterday, after finding Diaz, the only suspect arrested in New York, at the location with drugs on him the day before, according to sources.

    New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said: "A seizure of this much narcotics and three guns is disturbing under any circumstance. The fact that it was recovered in such a densely populated area, on the same block as a high school . . . makes it all the more alarming."

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    They need to arrest everyone associated with these gangs and ship them out as well. If they shelter them then deport them, if they work for the gang...then deport them. You don't get rid of the problem of an infestation by getting rid of just a few. You have to clean out the entire nest.

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