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Operation Fallen Hero-Bombardier caused 700 arrests in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Brazil and Colombia.

Mexican federal police and army soldiers guard a U.S. Embassy vehicle after it came under attack by unknown gunmen on Highway 57 between Mexico City and Monterrey, near the town of Santa Maria Del Rio, San Luis Potosi state, Mexico, Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011. Inset, ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata. (Credit: AP Photo/Pulso Diario de San Luis-Teodoro Blanco Vazquez)

United States authorities have arrested near to 700 alleged criminals in an still ongoing US-led international raid on Mexican drug cartels and its links in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Central America and Colombia, US officials told media on Friday.

The Operation was called “Fallen Hero-Bombardier” and was launched last Thursday.

Fallen Hero was launched just one week after the killing of a US immigration officer in Mexico.

There were near 680 arrests as of Friday night, and the authorities have seized  467 kilograms of cocaine, 21 pounds of heroin, almost 40,000 pounds of marijuana, $12 million in cash, 280 weapons, and 94 vehicles, according to media releases.

The operation fallen hero mombardier was launched after the shooting to death of Jaime Zapata, 32, and the injuries caused to a second agent for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) .

Both agent came under cartels fire (allegedly the gang the Zetas are the responsibles) on February 15 while driving in the Mexican city of San Luis Potosi.