Massive DEA sweep nabs more than 100 in connection with ICE agent’s death

February 24, 2011 13:12

[T]he roundup, which began Wednesday and was expected to continue into Friday, is targeting suspected criminals with ties to any Mexican drug cartel to try to disrupt drug trafficking operations in the United States.

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“We are taking a stand and we are sending a message back to the cartels that we will not tolerate the murder of a U.S. agent, or any U.S. official,” Pike said.

An agent involved in a raid in Houston was shot and wounded Thursday, though the injury was not life-threatening, according to a federal official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing operation.

“This is personal,” said Louie Garcia, deputy special agent in charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s special operations unit. “We lost an agent, we lost a good agent. And we have to respond.”

The sweep, which is being mirrored this week in Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, and Mexico, is being coordinated by DEA and ICE.


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