Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #26: Border Patrol Agent (& Gulf Cartel Cell Leader) Charged in U.S. Torture-Beheading.

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Politics and Economics (CGU)

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Defense and Security Studies | Political Science


Arrests of the U.S. Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna and other members of his Gulf Cartel cell for the murder (torture and beheading) in the U.S. of Honduran national Franklin Rodriguez Palacios Paz, who was illegally in the country and had prior narcotics and immigration arrests, as well as numerous other criminal complaints including illicit trafficking and evidence tampering. Evidence recovered from a safe belonging to Luna at his mother-in-law’s house included about $90,000 in cash, cocaine, heroin and a customized .45 Cal handgun (silver plated with what appears to be a Mexican folk or narco saint on the pistol grip).

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