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LANCASTER - Federal agents arrested three men in Lancaster early Monday, Feb. 28 after a gun purchase linked them to the Los Zetas drug cartel and slaying of a U.S. official.

Brothers Ranferi, 28, and Otilio, 22, Osorio and Kelvin Leon Morrison, 25, were arrested on the 200 block of East Colonial after they were linked to the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata Tuesday, Feb. 15 by the Los Zeta drug cartel in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

According to Lancaster Police Chief Keith Humphrey, two of the men had been issued traffic citations but, nothing else had been a problem.

Saturday, Feb. 26 the Federal Bureau of Investigations, ICE, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Marshalls requested to use the Lancaster Police Department Facility located on North Dallas Avenue for a meeting place.

“We try to accommodate any federal agency who requests assistance,” said Humphrey.

“I was approached if the federal agencies could use our facility for an investigation on a weapons trafficking ring, I didn’t know anything else until Monday.”

A gun sold legally in Johnson County to Otilio Osorio, a Romarm-Cugir model Draco 7.62 pistol, on Sunday, Oct. 10 was linked by authorities using a partial serial number and ballistics tests to Zapata’s slaying.

The Osorio home is just one of 200 places in Texas and Oklahoma authorities targeted during a crackdown on the Zetas cartel in the U.S. and Latin America looking for evidence connected to the Tuesday, Feb.15 killing of a U.S. official.

According to reports, Morrision and the Osorios brothers have been under investigation by the ATF since November on suspicion of smuggling drugs and guns to Mexican drug cartels.

The three men are currently being held at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, off Highway 175.

According to a spokesman for the Dallas Division of ATF, a hearing is set for Tuesday, March 1 at 2 p.m., as The Ellis County Press is sent to pres, regarding if they are to stay in federal custody.

For up to the minute details following this case be sure to check out www.elliscountypress.com.

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