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National Latino Officers Host Training on Patron Drug Saints

March 11, 2011
Robert Almonte, a U.S. Marshal in western Texas, is leading the event, which will cover how drug and human smugglers pervert Catholic saints and icons in their trade. The course seeks to educate officers about the images, icons, statues and other items seized during these investigations.

Calif. Jury Recommends Life for Asian Boyz Shot-Caller

March 8, 2011
The recommendation was announced Monday for Marvin Mercado, 37, who committed the crimes in the 1990s, yet eluded police for a decade by fleeing to the Philippines. Mercado and his crew committed the crimes "just for fun," an LAPD detective testified.

Federal Officers Slam Obama for Statements on Mexico Dangers

March 7, 2011
After his meeting with Mexico President Calderon on Thursday, President Obama stated, "There are laws in place in Mexico that say our agents should not be armed," and "We do not carry out law enforcement activities inside of Mexico." President Obama also stated that the role of ICE Agents was an "advisory" one.
ICE agents and other law enforcement officers arrested 678 gang members and associates during "Project Southern Tempest." Photo courtesy of ICE.

678 Arrested In ICE-Led Gang Sweep

March 2, 2011
Of the arrested 678 gang members or associates, 133 were from different gangs; 447 were charged with criminal offenses; 231 were administrative arrests; 322 had violent criminal histories; and 421 were foreign nationals.
The Romarm-Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm is an AK variant of Romanian origin. Photo via GunBroker.com.

Weapon Used In ICE Agent's Slaying Traced to Texas Man

March 1, 2011
A Romarm-Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm that was legally sold by a firearms dealer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was transported to the Los Zetas cartel operators who used it to attack special agent Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Jr.

Task Force Charges 26 In New Haven Cocaine Ring

March 1, 2011
A multi-agency task force arrested 15 people suspected of running a cocaine ring in New Haven, Conn., area. A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging 26 individuals with narcotics trafficking offenses.

Nationwide DEA Sweep Nets 541 Arrests, $11 Million

February 25, 2011
The DEA declined to give specific locations, yet Arizona, Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver, Detroit, San Antonio, San Diego, Chicago, Newark and Miami are key areas.

DEA Targets Sinaloa Drug Cartel's Cocaine Supplier

February 25, 2011
To cripple the drug trafficking and money laundering activities of one of Mexico's most active cartels, the federal government has designated its Columbian cocaine supplier as a drug-trafficking kingpin. The move gives law enforcement agencies greater powers to punish the network's U.S. associates and freeze assets.
<p>Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata. Photo via ICE.</p>

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing

February 24, 2011
Mexican President Felipe Caldéron called President Barack Obama to tell him about the capture of Julian Zapata Espinoza, a reputed Zetas cell leader nicknamed "El Piolín" (Tweety), who is allegedly responsible for the homicide of Special Agent Zapata.

Six Tennessee Bloods Indicted for Murder, Conspiracy

February 24, 2011
Bloods gang members and associates allegedly committed and conspired to commit acts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, narcotics trafficking, bribery and extortion over a more than four-year period.
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