From the Houston Chronicle:
A sting gone wrong
The owner of a Texas semi says the federal government owes him for damages to his truck and family.
Oct. 10, 2011: Trucking company owner Craig Patty hires Lawrence Chapa as a truck driver.
Nov. 21, 2011: Chapa is shot to death in Harris County while, unknown to Patty, Chapa was driving his truck and working for the feds on a drug sting.
Nov. 21, 2011: Four men, three born in Mexico, are charged with capital murder.
Jan. 30, 2012: Patty’s insurance company denies his claim for truck repairs because the semi was used in a law-enforcement operation.
July 23, 2012: DEA formally presented with a demand to pay damages.
Source: Craig Patty and court documents
The phone rang before sunrise. It woke Craig Patty, owner of a tiny North Texas trucking company, to vexing news about Truck 793 – a big red semi supposedly getting repairs in Houston.
"Your driver was shot in your truck," said the caller, a business colleague. "Your truck was loaded with marijuana. He was shot eight times while sitting in the cab. Do you know anything about your driver hauling marijuana?"
Commandeered by one of his drivers, who was secretly working with federal agents, the truck had been hauling marijuana from the border as part of an undercover operation. And without Patty’s knowledge, the Drug Enforcement Administration was paying his driver, Lawrence Chapa, to use the truck to bust traffickers.