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Two Zetas Members Found Guilty in 2011 Murder of US Immigration Agent

LADB Article ID: 80364
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-08-02
By: Carlos Navarro

A jury in Washington, DC, has convicted the final two men of a group of seven members of the Zetas criminal organization accused of killing a US immigration agent and wounding another in an ambush in San Luis Potosí state in 2011. Jaime Zapata, who was assigned to the US Embassy in Mexico City, and Víctor Ávila, a fellow agent for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), were traveling between the Mexican capital and Monterrey on Feb. 15, 2011, when their armored vehicle was forced off a highway in San Luis Potosí. The assailants fired AK-47 assault rifles into the armored vehicle, killing Zapata and severely injuring Ávila. Seven members of the Zetas were charged with the attack. Five were extradited earlier and are serving prison sentences in the US, including cartel commander Julián Zapata Espinoza. The final two Zetas members, José Emanuel García Sota and Jesús Iván Quezada Piña, were extradited to the US in May 2016 to face trial for the attacks. In July, García Sota and Quezada Piña were convicted of murder and attempted murder of a federal officer and of a related firearms offense.

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