WASHINGTON – Law enforcement officials across the country are conducting a nationwide sweep of suspected members of Mexican drug cartels working in the United States.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, which is coordinating the massive effort along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says the sweep is a direct response to the Feb. 15 shooting death of ICE agent Jaime Zapata (HY-may sah-PAH'-tah) in Mexico.
By Thursday morning, agents had seized more than $4.5 million in cash and arrested more than 60 people on various charges.
Zapata was killed in a highway ambush after the Chevy Suburban he was driving was run off a Mexican highway. Fellow ICE agent Victor Avila (AH'-vee-lah) was wounded in the shooting.