FBI probe of threats sought

Feb. 16, 2006 at 12:50 PM

EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The FBI has been asked to probe reported death threats to families of sheriff's deputies in West Texas after a standoff with men dressed as Mexican soldiers.

The investigation, reports the El Paso Times, was sought by U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, who said in a letter to the agency, "It is my understanding that the threats were made by members of a drug-trafficking gang in Mexico."

An FBI spokeswoman in El Paso said her agency has not yet started an investigation, but did not rule it out.

The threats reportedly came after a Jan. 23 standoff when deputies pursued drug smugglers to the U.S.- Mexico border near Sierra Blanca, the newspaper reported. The suspects were then joined by armed men in military-style clothing and crossed into Mexico.

Mexican officials have denied the involvement of their military.

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