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Mexican authorities extradites two members of Los Zetas wanted for 2011 murder of ICE agent

May 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities extradites two members of Los Zetas wanted for 2011 murder of ICE agent

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The government of Mexico has extradited two alleged members of the ruthless Los Zetas to face charges for their alleged participation in the February 2011 murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE Special Agent Victor Avila.

On Monday, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division along with FBI and ICE officials announced the extradition of Jesus Ivan Quezada Piña, aka Loco, 28, and Alfredo Gaston Mendoza Hernandez, aka Camaron, 33, both of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Both suspects were charged on May 16, 2013, in a four-count indictment on charges of murder and attempted murder of a U.S. Federal officer or employee of the United States; attempted murder of an internationally protected person; along with using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.

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Quezada Piña and Mendoza Hernandez face charges in the attack the killed ICE agent Jaime Zapata (Left) and critically injured special agent Victor Avila in Feb. 2011

The indictment was unsealed today when Quezada Piña and Mendoza Hernandez made their initial appearances before Senior U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District of Columbia. Both men were ordered held without bail.

So far seven reputed members of Los Zetas have been charged for the attack on the two federal agents.

Four of the defendants— Ruben Dario Venegas Rivera, aka Catracho, 28; Jose Ismael Nava Villagran, aka Cacho, 33; Francisco Carbajal Flores, aka Dalmata, 41 and Julian Zapata Espinoza, aka Piolin, 35; previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the fatal attack on Zapata and Avila .

As part of their guilty pleas, Espinoza, Rivera and Villagran admitted that they participated directly in the Feb. 15, 2011, ambush of the two special agents as part of a Los Zetas hit squad.

The fourth defendant, Flores, acknowledged assisting Zetas members after the attack. A fifth defendant, Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota, aka Juan Manuel Maldonado Amezcua, aka Safado, 35, was extradited to the United States on Oct. 1, 2015, for his participation in this attack and is currently awaiting trial.

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