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US agent's killing in Mexico highlights menace of cross-border gun trade

One of three guns fired in the Feb. 15 killing in Mexico of Immigration and Customs Special Agent Jaime Zapata was traced to a Texas weapons dealer.

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A gun sold in Texas was used during last month's slaying of a US special agent in Mexico, officials said Tuesday, a revelation that is shifting scrutiny in the case away from Mexico's weak rule of law to America's gun laws.

One of three guns fired in the Feb. 15 killing of Immigration and Customs (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata was traced to a man arrested Monday in Lancaster, Texas, the US Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday. The attack was the most high-profile killing of a US agent in Mexico in 25 years.

"It illustrates this interaction and interdependence between what happens in Mexico and what happens in the United States,” Undersecretary for North America Julian Ventura told reporters Tuesday in a briefing about President Felipe Calderón’s trip Thursday to the White House in which he is expected to discuss the case with President Obama.


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