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U.S. authorities bust accused Zetas cartel assassin sneaking across Texas border

January 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. authorities bust accused Zetas cartel assassin sneaking across Texas border

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A purported assassin for the Zetas Mexican cartel was busted after he illegally crossed into Texas on an isolated stretch of border in the Del Rio Sector.

Mexican authorities identified Jose Antonio Hernandez Rangel, also known as “Scarface,” as an assassin with the Tamaulipas-based organized crime group Los Zetas.

Rangel reported worked for the Cartel Del Noreste faction or CDN.

The group controls territory surrounding the Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, located across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Scarface is in custody at the Val Verde Detention Center and is scheduled to be deported back to Mexico in February.

The 27-year-old Sicario snuck across the border near Jiménez, Coahuila, which is located between Eagle Pass and Del Rio, Texas.

Officials said Scarface surfaced in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, in October with a crew of hitman.

State officials targeted the group, arresting Scarface and at least eight of his gunmen following a series of raids, and one firefight.

Judge Gonzalez-Flores (seen in the image above) released the alleged gunmen known as Scarface who entered the US. using a known smuggling route of the Los Zetas cartel

Despite the operation, a state judge in Mexico released Rangel and his gunmen from custody claiming there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute the suspect hitmen,Breitbart Texas reported.

Days after his release from custody, witnesses implicated Rangel and three other hitmen in the organized crime-related murders of two men back in October.

Mexican police have arrested two of the four alleged hitmen.

The same judge again released the suspected Los Zetas cartel sicarios almost immediately.

The judge in question Maritza Gonzalez-Flores has come under suspicion by multiple colleagues for operating with CDN, after several egregious decisions involving the release of CDN operatives, but not their rivals.

Judge Gonzalez-Flores resides in Eagle Pass, Texas, on an unknown VISA.

Immediately after the Judge released Rangel’s gunmen, he learned authorities were tracking him and crossed the U.S.in late 2017 using a known Zetas smuggling route.

At this point, U.S. officials are unable to charge the hitman for anything other than illegally crossing into the United States.

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