Mexico: Suspect in US agent slaying ordered held for probe

Julian Zapata Espinoza is the main suspect in the killing of Jaime Zapata.

Updated: Feb 27, 2011, 11:00 AM IST

Mexico City: A Mexican judge has authorised 40 days of detention for an alleged member of the Zetas drug cartel suspected in the killing of a US immigration agent.

The Attorney General`s Office says the judge`s order will allow federal investigators to conduct a more thorough investigation of Julian Zapata Espinoza`s alleged involvement with the drug cartel.

Zapata Espinoza is the main suspect in the February 15 killing of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata.
The office said in a statement on Saturday that the judge ordered that eight other people arrested along with Zapata Espinoza also be held for 40 days. Two of them are suspected of taking part in the attack, which also wounded US immigration agent Victor Avila.

Bureau Report