Botched DEA Sting Leaves Two Dead; Many Questions

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Via the Houston Chronicle:

The owner of a private trucking business wants to know why the Drug Enforcement Administration hired one of his drivers to work undercover without his consent. Predictably, the DEA remains tight-lipped.

Commandeered by one of his drivers, who was secretly working with federal agents, the truck had been hauling marijuana from the border as part of an undercover operation. And without Patty’s knowledge, the Drug Enforcement Administration was paying his driver, Lawrence Chapa, to use the truck to bust traffickers.

At least 17 hours before that early morning phone call, Chapa was shot dead in front of more than a dozen law enforcement officers – all of them taken by surprise by hijackers trying to steal the red Kenworth T600 truck and its load of pot.

In the confusion of the attack in northwest Harris County, compounded by officers in the operation not all knowing each other, a Houston policeman shot and wounded a Harris County sheriff’s deputy.

Read the entire story at the Houston Chronicle.



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10 Comments on "Botched DEA Sting Leaves Two Dead; Many Questions"

  1. charlieprimero | Jul 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

    When will people say ENOUGH, and stop funding these criminals?

    •  The DEA? Yeah, all this over reefer. Most people these days want legalization.

  2. Investinourftre | Jul 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |

    Replace the word DEA with Mexican Drug Cartel and see if you can tell the difference.  There isn’t one, they are just another gang that expects us to pay them a stipend.

  3. The surprising thing is that they still bother even pretending that they’re the good guys.

  4. discusthrower | Jul 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm |

    is it just me or is it all just part of their plan… The Power of Nixon!

  5. typical DEA FUBAR
    which is why the War on Drugs
    is being won by people on drugs
    but I don’t think winning is the DEAz real mission

  6. robertpinkerton | Jul 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm |

    Mr. Catty’s comment, in the Houston Chronicle, to the effect that he tried to keep his children young as long as he could, strikes me as a stark abomination. That attitude is the nucleus, the kernel, of what is wrong with this country: Aesthetic sentimentality about childhood and childliness. 

  7. posi x mosh | Jul 31, 2012 at 12:05 am |

    Bullies shooting at bullies (both are way too quick to start letting the lead fly). It just sux that Chiapa got shot trying to do the right thing…. It would be interesting to know if he was somehow induced in to working with them.  I know that especially in Texas, where you can get executed for an 8-ball of coke (can’t you?), it would be tempting to work with the DEA to make a minor drug charge “go away”. Stay tuned…

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