U.S. DEA agent kills suspected drug trafficker in Honduras.

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A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has shot and killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote northern area of Honduras known as a landing spot for illicit flights carrying cocaine from South America, U.S. officials said Sunday.

It is the first time a DEA agent has killed someone during an operation since the agency began deploying specially trained agents several years ago to accompany local law enforcement personnel on drug raids in Latin America, said DEA spokeswoman Dawn Dearden.

Posivak said several people were unloading cocaine from an airplane at a remote landing strip when the law enforcement agents swooped in on helicopters. He said the U.S. agent opened fire after the suspect reached for a gun in a holster, and the suspect died at the scene. Three of the men arrested were part of the ground crew, Posivak said, and the fourth was piloting the small plane loaded with cocaine. He said their nationalities are not yet clear.

Source: Fox News/Associated Press

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  • Joe

    As published in a 2007 DOJ Insector General report: “According to the DEA, it only opens offices in countries that are in
    some way tied to the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. This
    includes countries that are a source of drugs or precursor chemicals,
    countries where significant money laundering occurs, or countries that are
    linked to drug trafficking organizations that threaten the United States.2 The
    host country, the U.S. Chief of Mission, and Congress must authorize the
    DEA to open a new foreign office. As a sovereign state, any host country
    may withdraw this permission at any time. In addition, the DEA’s legal
    operating ability in other countries is much different than in its domestic
    offices because DEA agents stationed overseas do not have law enforcement
    jurisdiction. DEA’s authorities differ from country to country depending on
    host-country laws, agreements between governments, international treaties,
    and local policies issued to U.S. agencies by the U.S. Ambassador. Despite
    different working environments in its foreign offices, the DEA maintains five
    principal objectives for working with foreign counterpart agencies:
    (1) participate in bilateral investigations, (2) cultivate and maintain quality
    liaison relations, (3) promote and contribute to foreign institution building,
    (4) support intelligence gathering and sharing efforts, and (5) provide
    training opportunities.”

  • Jay C.

    The Police State at its best, trying to police the whole world. “What jurisdictional authority?”