U.S. Launches Roundup for Alleged Mexican Drug Cartel Members

Federal, state and local authorities conducted a massive sweep today in the United States and Latin America of suspected Mexican drug cartel members in the United States in a widespread domestic response to the killing of U.S. agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico last week.

A Houston Police Department narcotics officer involved in a raid was shot and wounded, though the injury was not life-threatening. The shooting occurred during a raid by agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Houston police. The suspected shooter is in custody.

The roundup, which began Wednesday and is 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.

The sweep, which is being mirrored this week in Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, and Mexico, is being coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

By Thursday morning, thousands of law enforcement officers in areas including Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver, Detroit, San Antonio, San Diego, Chicago, Newark and Miami had seized more than $4.5 million in cash and nearly 20 guns, arrested more than 100 people and confiscated about 23 pounds of methamphetamine, 107 kilograms of cocaine, 5 pounds of heroin and 300 pounds of marijuana at several hundred locations.

See the detailed AP release here.

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