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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:34 am

The family of slain Special ICE Agent Jaime J. Zapata has filed a federal lawsuit against HSBC Holdings Inc., claiming the bank laundered billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels.

Zapata, 32, a Brownsville native who worked for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was killed Feb. 15, 2011, on a highway near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in an attack by members of the Zetas drug cartel. His partner, Victor Avila, was wounded in the attack.

The lawsuit alleges that during the time period leading up to the attacks on the agents and other victims of drug cartel violence, HSBC knowingly laundered money for the Mexican cartels who committed the attacks including the Sinaloa, Juarez and Los Zetas cartels, knowing or “disregarding the fact that said funds would be used to support the Mexican cartels and their terrorist acts against Mexican and U.S. citizens.”

The family is requesting the maximum judgment allowed including “reasonable costs” and attorney fees.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in a U.S. District Court in Brownsville.

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