DENVER (AP) – Fifteen suspected drug dealers have been arrested in Colorado in past few days as part of a nationwide crackdown on suspected Mexican drug cartel members in the U.S. and abroad following the killing of a federal agent in a roadside ambush in Mexico.

Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Mike Turner said federal agents have seized 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, $68,000 in suspected drug money and three vehicles during the arrests.

A nationwide sweep that resulted in more than 500 arrests began Wednesday night as a direct response to the Feb. 15 killing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata that also wounded another agent. A U.S. marshal also died last week during a raid West Virginia.

Authorities in Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and Mexico conducted similar sweeps.

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Comments (3)
  1. putuprshutup says:

    Yea Janet, You are such a great leader!!! It’s no wonder people in other countries think Americans are so stupid.

  2. putuprshutup says:

    Do you think our gov’t is really doing all it can to solve this problem? With Janet Napolitano at the helm? PALLLEEEAAAASE!!! Give me a break!!! Come on Napolitano, get serious…at least pretend like you are trying to make a dent in the problem.

  3. harold says:

    freeking illegals, where are you Polly Baca Baragon

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