Wednesday, December 21, 2011

AZMEX EXTRA 21-12-11


Note: don't quite know what to make of this one

Guns appear from "Fast and Furious" in Mazatlan
The shots made in the wall of the ETI 77 could be related to arms
investigated by the U.S. Congress, allegedly reached the Sinaloa cartel.
El Sol de Mazatlan
December 21, 2011

Mazatlan, Sinaloa .- What seemed a simple shot over the fence against
the ETI 77 school of the colony Jaripillo, proved to be an extremely
interesting case in Mazatlan.

Based on investigations conducted by experts from the Regional
Justice Attorney, fired cases collected in the colony Jaripillo
weapons could be involved in the controversial operation "Fast and

Credible sources of the Deputy in the south reported that the cases
collected by the street Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Jaripillo, are of a
caliber greater than that of AK-47, known as the goat horn.

Is a case similar to those of AK-47, but with a different thickness,
more powerful and lighter, making it more accurate. This means, the
sources said, that people who used these weapons are experts in
handling weapons.

The mystery is that neither the police nor the Ministerial Municipal
devoted themselves thoroughly to investigate the whereabouts of the
gunmen, after they reported the shooting in the colony Jaripillo.

Yesterday, El Sol de Mazatlan reported that heavily armed men
"tracked" at an address of that settlement, shots were fired against
the wall of the ETI 77.

To the site never came in person any police elements, which makes the
case more mysterious because the passive policing.


Some of the weapons involved in the controversial operation fast and
furious, currently investigated by the U.S. Congress, came to the
Sinaloa cartel, headed by drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman.

This version, presented in a report prepared by U.S. Congress, was
confirmed by Carlos Canino, added the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF, for its acronym in English) in Mexico

"As a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have
received as many weapons as those needed to arm a regiment," Canino
said Tuesday during a hearing before legislators, but did not say how
much weaponry reached that criminal organization .

Canino and other agents of the ATF ex agents participated in the
meeting with members of Congress, convened by them to demand
explanations about the operation revealed to the media early last March.

Note: TXMEX, but pattern of light sentences continues

Gun trafficking ring lands men in prison
December 20, 2011 6:19 PM
Jared Taylor, Twitter @jaredataylor

McALLEN — Three men who fraudulently obtained guns and shipped them
to Mexico are now in prison.

Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Falcon Heights
resident Oscar Bravo Hernandez, 40; Luis Javier Lira Jr., 34; and
Jose Macedonio Castillo, 35, to prison.
Bravo is a U.S. permanent resident. Lira and Castillo are U.S.
citizens who had been living in Mexico.

Bravo received a seven-year prison term, while Lira and Castillo each
were sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

The prison sentences came after an investigation by the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that revealed the men had
straw purchased more than 100 firearms desirable to Mexican drug
cartels, prosecutors said.

In three months, Lira purchased 22 guns, while Castillo bought 14
firearms. Both men turned over the weapons to Bravo, who would travel
to Mexico to make the deliveries and pick up cash and orders for more

Bravo admitted his wife and other family members contributed to the
gun trafficking enterprise.

Prosecutors identified 101 firearms traced to Bravo's organization,
including five people he had recruited as straw purchasers. The
trafficked guns were pistols and assault rifles typically used in
Mexican cartel battles, a criminal complaint states.

Gun buyers make straw purchases when they give false information to
the ATF when purchasing a weapon from a licensed firearms dealer.
Typically, straw purchases involve lying when asked whether the gun
will be purchased for another individual.

All three men have been in federal custody without bond since their
arrest in May 2009. They are set to be transferred to an undisclosed
federal prison.

Jared Taylor covers courts and general assignments for The Monitor.
You can reach him at (956) 683-4439.

Note: F&F links?

Suspect accused in ICE Agent Jaime Zapata's killing now in the U.S.
December 21, 2011 11:03 AM
By NEDRA PICKLER/The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An alleged Mexican drug cartel member accused of
shooting at U.S. immigration agents has arrived in the United States
to face murder charges.

A spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Washington says Julian
Zapata Espinoza was arraigned Wednesday morning and is being held in

The charges included murder and attempted murder for the Feb. 15
attack on a Mexican highway that killed U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata and wounded colleague Victor Avila.

Zapata Espinoza is known by the nickname Tweety Bird, apparently
because of his short stature. He was captured along with five other
suspected members of the Zeta cartel during an army raid a week after
the shooting and recently was extradited to the United States.

Jaime Zapata, 32, a native of Brownsville who worked for U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was killed in February in Mexico
in an attack by members of the Zetas criminal organization while
traveling along Highway 57 in the San Luis Potosí state, according to
U.S. officials.

Zapata attended Egly Elementary from 1983 to 1990 and Oliveira Middle
School from 1990 to 1992, school officials said. He went onto to
attend Homer Hanna High School where he graduated in 1995.

Zapata later attended the University of Texas at Brownsville and
Texas Southmost College where he graduated in 2005 with an
associate's degree in Applied Science and a bachelor's degree in
Criminal Justice.

He joined the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
in 2006. He previously worked for the U.S. Border Patrol and had been
stationed in Yuma, Ariz., before getting his job with ICE.

Brownsville Herald reporter Laura B. Martinez contributed to this

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