The investigation into last month’s attack on U.S. immigration officials appears to be moving at a breakneck pace, in contrast to most inquiries in Mexico’s drug war.Federal investigators arrested three people in Lancaster, Texas Monday, after tracing the gun used in the attack to a suspected gun smuggling ring in the Dallas suburb, the AP reports.
In Mexico, the navy announced the capture of Sergio Antonio “El Toto” Mora, Los Zetas’ regional boss in San Luis Potosi state, where the ICE attack took place. Mexican officials admitted they don’t know if Mora was involved in the attack, but said he was the boss of Julian Zapata Espinoza, the Zeta hit man who was arrested last week and allegedly confessed to the shooting.
U.S. officials have expressed doubts about whether those arrested in Mexico so far were actually involved in the attack. A nationwide crackdown on cartel cells in the U.S. last week was partly an effort to gather intelligence on who might have ordered the attack, The McAllen Monitor reports.
Zapata’s death has strained relations between the U.S. and Mexico, calling into question the countries’ joint strategy to combat drug trafficking. Several U.S. lawmakers have called for Mexico to change its policy that prohibits U.S. agents from carrying weapons south of the border.
Mexican president Felipe Calderon will visit Washington Thursday to try and smooth over tensions with the Obama administration.
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