NIBIN Success Story
Week of January 18, 2010
ATF / Jim Hogg County (TX) Sheriff’s Department / Laredo (TX) Police Department
>On December 18, 2006, Laredo (TX) Police Department responded to a homicide on a public street where the victim sustained fatal gunshot wounds. Subsequent investigation revealed that two Los Zetas Mexico-based drug cartel-hired gunmen committed the murder. Laredo PD arrested both suspects and they are currently awaiting trial. On December 24, 2006, Jim Hogg County (TX) Sheriff’s Department stopped a Los Zetas-connected vehicle transporting 118 lbs. of marijuana from Mexico to Texas. Deputies arrested the occupants, including one occupant who possessed a 9mm pistol to protect the drug supply. Subsequently, ATF arrested the possessor, an illegal alien, for Federal firearms violations. Prosecution is pending. Using NIBIN, Bexar County (TX) Crime Lab was able to link the pistol to the homicide. The suspect from the vehicle stop has agreed to testify against both murder suspects.