A DEA sting operation targeting a cell of would-be cartel assassins ended in a violent warehouse showdown over the weekend. Among their ranks: one active-duty Army soldier, and one former G.I.
According to a criminal complaint released yesterday in federal court (.pdf), the showdown occured around 12:30 p.m. Saturday as armed federal agents closed in on the group, who had just arrived at a warehouse in the border city of Laredo, Texas; traveling from Colorado Springs and the nearby Fort Carson military base. They believed they were meeting with members of the Zetas — in reality, undercover DEA agents. The assumed plan: Receive instructions before raiding a ranch holding 20 kilos of stolen cartel cocaine, and then killing the (phony) cocaine thief.
During the bust, Jerome Corley of South Carolina was killed by the agents, and three others, including Corley’s 29-year-old cousin, a former Army officer, were arrested.