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Mexicans ‘Zafado’ & ‘Loco’ get life sentences six years after they murdered ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata

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Two members of the Los Zetas hit squads, Garcia Sota and Quezada Piña, were sentenced Nov. 6 to life in federal prison for the Feb. 15, 2011 murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata and the attempted murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Victor Avila.

“Special Agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila were in Mexico to protect and serve our country when they were ambushed by these ruthless criminals, who will now spend the rest of their lives in a prison cell,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco.

“This case serves as a reminder, that if you harm a U.S. agent, the U.S. government will pursue you to the ends of the earth to ensure that you are brought to justice,” Blanco said.

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The defendants, whose full names were: Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota, aka Juan Manuel Maldonado Amezcua, aka “Zafado,” 36, of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and Jesus Ivan Quezada Piña, aka “Loco,” 29, of Matamoros, Mexico, were extradited from Mexico.

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Soto and Piña were convicted July 27.

Sota and Piña were found guilty of four federal offenses: murder of an officer or employee of the United States; attempted murder of an officer or employee of the United States; attempted murder of an internationally protected person; and using, carrying and brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.

The government presented testimony from 22 witnesses, including Avila.

According to the government’s presentation, Sota and Piña set out to steal cars in support of their cartel’s operations, when they came upon the up-armored Chevrolet Suburban with diplomatic plates driven by Zapata and Avila, who were on official business on their way to Mexico City.

In the ambush set by Sota and Piña, the two hitmen fired upon the Suburban with handguns and long guns, including an AR-15 and an AK-47, killing Zapata and wounding Avila, the government said. Roughly 90 shell casings were found at the scene of the attack.

“Special Agents Zapata and Avila dedicated themselves to federal law enforcement,” said District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu.

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“While working on behalf of our country, they were ruthlessly gunned down in a carjacking attempt by members of hit squads for the Los Zetas drug cartel,” she said.

“We have never forgotten what happened to these two American heroes in that ambush on a Mexican highway more than six years ago.”

 

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Texas National Guard will be Deploying on Election Day

Democrats are Shaking in Their Boots

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On October 26, 2020, the Texas National Guard announced that Governor Abbott is deploying 1,000 members to five of the state’s largest cities to potentially quell unrest on Election Day or the days that follow.

Texas Democrats are uneasy about this announcement, according to a Fox News report.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the cities where troops will be sent to are Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

The very fact that troops might be deployed to polling locations has Texas Democrats frightened about the prospect of voter suppression and intimidation. Although the state has been solidly Republican in the last 30 years, Texas is starting to become more competitive. Some experts believe it could flip to the Democrats in 2020 or at the very least, in the near future.

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The Texas National Guard commander’s chief of staff informed the San Antonio Express-News that the guard deployment would only be activated to “deter any civil disturbance at sites in various cities within Texas.”

The protection of polling stations “has not been on any mission request or in any conversation with the governor’s office,” Major General James K. “Red” Brown declared. Although troops could be sent to guard buildings , being stationed at polling locations “has not been requested,” Texas Guard spokesman stated.

On the night of October 26, other military officials informed KXAN-TV that there were no plans to send military units to polling locations.

Adjutant General Major General Tracy Norris declared in a statement that the Texas Military Department “was activated to provide additional support to the Department of Public Safety in the summer of 2020.”

“Texas Service Members continue to support DPS in this capacity, guarding historical landmarks such as the Alamo and the State Capitol,” Norris remarked. “To be clear, there has been no request nor any plan to provide any type of support at any polling location in Texas.”

The San Antonio Express-News also confirmed that Norris was requested to set up contingency plans in case of any unrest that emerges.

The initial reports about Abbott’s order received more concerns in progressive bastions such as Austin.

“We’re not hearing any real indications to anticipate any disruptions or intimidation,” said Adler.

Austin City Council member Gregorio Casar blamed Abbott for “fear-mongering.”

2020 elections will be very heated and it’s prudent for Abbott to use military assets to protect Texans from potential insurrectionist behavior from the radical Left.

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