Soldier Charged for Attempted Drug Running, Murder-for-Hire
Three men arrested over the weekend in Laredo, in a DEA operation, made their initial court appearance Monday morning in federal court.
The men thought they were doing work for the Zeta drug cartel. One of the men, a lieutenant with the U.S. army, offered to provide the cartel with weapons, and even train their cartel members.
The 4 men were meeting with undercover DEA agents who they believed to be Zeta cartel members. During the arrest, an agent discharged his weapon, killing one of the suspects, Jerome Corley.
The other three men were arrested: Kevin Corley, a U.S. Army lieutenant and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who provided undercover agents with army training manuals and ballistic vests allegedly stolen from the Colorado Fort Carson, Samuel Walker and Shavar Davis, both recruited by Kevin Corley to make up the team who planned to carry out a murder-for-hire for the Zetas.
Two other men were also arrested Monday in South Carolina. In the criminal complaint filed, it states the men were to purchase weapons for the undercover agents. They were also planning to smuggle grenades off of a military base, and sell those to agents as well.
The four men arrested in Laredo were planning to carry out a contract killing of a rival cartel member, dismember and carve a “Z” on the body, and then steal a load of cocaine. As payment for the killing the men were to receive $50,000 and more than 10 lbs. of cocaine.
The three men arrested in Laredo have a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday in federal court. The year-long investigation was conducted by the DEA, FBI, with assistance from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.