New evidence: ICE agent who survived 2011 ambush calls for congressional action

The retired Immigration and Customs Observance (ICE) agent who survived the 2011 Mexico ambush, that slain his partner, is urging 2 congressional committees with oversight to check into after new evidence has come to gentle, according to an exclusive interview with Sibel News.

“Id like the Homeland Protection Committee and the senate Homeland Safety Committee to hopefully hold congressional hearings on this matter, to have the people surrounding this whole assignment end up being brought in and questioned as to what occurred and why they made these types of decisions, ” said Victor Avila.

Talking in his first American TV job interview, Avila, a retired Immigration plus Customs Enforcement agent, shared brand new details about the February 2011 wait on Mexico’s highway 57 by Zetas cartel that killed their partner that day, ICE real estate agent Jaime Zapata, and nearly price Avila his own life.

“No one has already been suspended, demoted, no one has been, so far as I know, admonished, ” he mentioned.

Avila says he is deeply grateful towards the U. S. Attorney, FBI plus ATF whose work led to the particular extradition and prosecution of agglomeration members. This week, Avila testified inside a D. C. federal court towards two cartel members charged with all the murder of Zapata, and Avila’s attempted murder.

With his testimony complete, Avila said he is now able to talk publicly about the attack. He claims their supervisors ignored a State Department safety warning that prohibited travel simply by U. S. personnel on freeway 57. But he and Zapata, who had only arrived times earlier in Mexico, were delivered anyway.

“The security notice was released by the U. S. embassy, with the ambassador to all U. S. workers at the U.. S embassy within Mexico City prohibiting anyone to journey on highway 57 whether for private reasons or business reasons, inch he said.

Avila said it is just like a smoking gun.  

“To me it really is, very clear. And, it states obviously that you are just not allowed on that will because of the high level of violence happening at that time between cartel members as well as the government of Mexico. ”

Avila furthermore points to ballistics, as well as a good Inspector General report, that will show at least one weapon recovered in the scene was purchased in Based in dallas. Avila told Fox he thinks two weapons came from Texas.

A SKIES News investigation by reporter Nick Martin reported one tool was bought and sold by Otilio Osorio, who was given a seven-year prison sentence for illegal weapons working. The SKY News team revealed surveillance video, and reported the particular “ATF had been monitoring Osorio great brother Ranferi for many months prior to the gun was sold but had taken no action to arrest the particular men. ”

John Dodson, the ATF whistleblower who helped expose the particular gun-walking operation known as Fast plus Furious, reviewed Avila’s case, in addition to government records, telling Fox evidence does point to a link.

“The connection will be the strategy. The model of watch plus observe versus the old (model) associated with enforce and disrupt, ” Dodson said, adding that the strategy had been deployed across the southern border. “The USG (U. S. government) should serve the citizenry. They must pay back the people an honest, open, and forth-coming account. ”

Six years after Quick and Furious was exposed, Dodson testified to the House Government Oversight Committee in June, that various firearms “… were recovered in crime scenes in Mexico. inch

Avila believes his case is coupled to the 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

“It goes to show weaponry so widely disbursed, to the association members. The U. S. govt had no idea where weapons had been. The only reason they found out had been because they showed up at these killing scenes. ”

Avila has a pending city suit against the government. The ATF declined to comment while the demo is ongoing.

A U. S. government law enforcement source said there is no hyperlink between the Osorio and Barba analysis and Fast and Furious,   adding the (OIG) report discovered that with respect to the two firearms utilized in the assault, the ATF failed to have sufficient prior knowledge of possibly of those transactions to seize or even interdict the weapons. The survey specifically stated that ‘It failed to identify instances where [ATF] agents witnessed the illegal transfer of firearms and did not seize them.

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence reporter for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D. C. The girl covers intelligence, the Justice Division and the Department of Homeland Safety. Herridge joined FNC in mil novecentos e noventa e seis as a London-based correspondent.