ICE agent murdered in Mexico “by mistake”

Posted by: Phineas on February 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Makes all the difference in the world, you see? They didn’t mean to ambush and gun down two American officials: it was a case of mistaken identity:

Mexican soldiers arrested six men Wednesday who they say carried out last week’s ambush murder of U.S. Special Agent Jaime Zapata.

The suspects told authorities they believed Zapata and his partner Victor Avila — who was wounded in the attack – to be members of a rival gang because of the vehicle they were driving. Those arrested belong to a cell of the Zetas, the violent criminal gang headquartered in the cities bordering south Texas.

Officials identified the group’s leader as Julian Zapata Espinoza, alias “El Piolin,” or “Tweety Bird,” who they said directed a Zeta assassination cell in the state of San Luis Potosi, where Zapata was killed Feb. 15.


Zapata, 32, an ICE special agent, was fatally shot when at least eight armed men in two vehicles ran his official embassy car off the Pan American highway about 500 miles south of the Texas border at Laredo. Avila was shot but survived the assault.

“They [the alleged shooters] said this was due to a case of misunderstanding because the car they were driving was the type used by a rival band,” Trevilla, the military spokesman, said of the suspects.

The agents’ car had official diplomatic plates, and they had identified themselves as diplomats to their assailants.

I’m sure their families will understand. Nothing personal, you know.

This isn’t the first time Los Zetas have said “Ooops! Our bad!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “ICE agent murdered in Mexico “by mistake””


  1. Sefton says:

    Maybe we could accidentally send in a covert special forces unit and wipe out the Los Zeta’s upper membership.

    If discovered, we could just say they had ties to Hezbollah terrorist activities against the U.S.
    If they demand an apology for violating Mexican sovereignty, we’ll send Obama to give them an apologetic speech or something.

  2. Kate says:

    Good one Sefton…but, those drug kingpins have better security than you can ever imagine. It takes years to get even close to the inside of their camp. I am sure there are a number of DEA agents who have tried to penetrate their circles and are missing to this day. Of course, since they were covert, no one will say anything.

    Of course, what do the DEA and FBI do? Form a “Task Force” of course…window dressing for a shortfall of backup from the President.

  3. Mudgeon from Texas says:

    Send in the drones. Call it a training exercise yhat went south.