Guilty: Cartel members use ‘Fast and Furious’ guns in murder of ICE agent
By Jennifer Cruz
ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was killed in an ambush by a Mexican drug cartel. (Photo: ICE)
Two members of a Mexican cartel charged with the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE Special Agent Victor Avila during an ambush on a highway in Mexico six years ago were found guilty by a federal jury Thursday on four charges related to the case.
The weapons used in the ambush on the federal agents were later determined to have made their way into the hands of the defendants by way of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, which resulted in Mexican cartels possessing nearly 2,000 weapons from the U.S. government.
“Drug cartels bring death and destruction across our Southern border and sell drugs that take lives all across America,”Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, announcing the verdict. “The work our ICE officers do every day to keep these criminals out of our country and secure our border is heroic and makes all of us safer. Today’s conviction of two cartel members in the horrific murder of ICE agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico is the next step in the Department of Justice’s ongoing efforts to dismantle