Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mitchell International Airport Employee Connected To The Spanish Cobras Indicted For Heroin Charges

Amilcar Zapata Jr.

Zapata conspired to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and allegedly smuggled large amounts of money by-passing airport security screening.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 7, 2012

Milwaukee - On Thursday, a federal indictment alleged that Amilcar Zapata Jr., 44, of Milwaukee was taken into custody for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and by-passing large amounts of cash through airport security for the Spanish Cobras gang. Zapata worked at the Mitchell International Airport for 21 years, according to the indictment. 
The indictment states, that Zapata managed to hid large amounts of cash inside backpacks and using his security clearance as an airport employee would smuggle cash into the airport.
He would then meet up with money carriers inside restrooms after they passed through security screening and would then transferred the cash. The Spanish Cobras couriers would take the money out of the country without claiming the cash.
Zapata is the most recent suspect of 29 alleged Spanish Cobras members already in custody or indicted for heroin trafficking charges. The indictments includes two related overdose deaths and the shooting of a law enforcement officer.
Zapata was taken into custody by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area gang task force, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the General Mitchell International Airport Administration helped in the investigation.
If convicted, Zapata faces from 5 to 40 years in prison, a $5 million dollar fine, 4 years to life on supervised release and a $100 special assessment, according to James L. Santelle, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

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