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Tuesday, 01 March 2011 17:44

Gun Connected to ICE Agent Zapata's Death Traced to Texas

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A single high-powered 7.62 mm gun purchased in north Texas is connected to the fatal shooting of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata last month in northern Mexico, as reported by in Dallas/Fort Worth on Monday. 

On February 15, ICE agent Jaime Zapata was killed and his fellow agent Victor Avila wounded when at least two vehicles of gunmen ran the agents' Suburban off a Mexican federal highway and opened fire.

The military style handgun was recovered at the scene, but the serial number had been filed off. Once the number was restored through a relatively new technology called "raising," officials were able to trace the weapon, announcing Monday that it had been purchased by a drug trafficking ring in the city of Lancaster, a suburb just south of Dallas.

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