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Mexican Drug Traffickers Kill 10 Students on Way to Get Scholarships

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The ugly byproduct of Mexico’s drug war reared its head Sunday in the worst of ways: 10 students on their way to get government scholarships were murdered at a roadblock in the state of Durango apparently set up by drug traffickers, the Tribune Newspapers reported. Half the victims were 16 or under.

The news service reported that the gunmen opened fire and tossed grenades after the youths in a pick up truck apparently did not honor the road block.

The Tribune reported that the dead included three girls 8, 11 and 13.

Meanwhile,  authorities on Monday captured a suspect in the March 13  U.S. consulate shooting in Ciudad Juarez, a town that borders El Paso,  Tex., the Tribune reported.  The man is a leader of the the Barrio Azteca gang, which carries out executions for the Juarez drug cartel.

Mexican authorities made the arrest, acting on a tip from the FBI, the newspaper service reported.

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What the Heck is Going On? FBI Says Crime Drops But Murders Rise in Smalltown USA

When we think of the fictional town, Andy of Mayberry, we think of petty crime: moonshining, shoplilfting. But the FBI says in the real smalltown USA, murder is up. What’s going on?

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The FBI says crime declined in the first half of 2008, despite an alarming spike in small-town murders.
Violent crime nationwide fell 3.5 percent, and property crime dropped 2.5 percent, according to the bureau’s preliminary figures released Monday morning.
Murders dropped 4.4 percent nationwide, though the drop wasn’t universal. In mid-sized cities _ those with 50,000 to 100,000 people _ murder and manslaughter increased 3.3 percent.
Murders in small towns _ those with fewer than 10,000 people _ rose nearly 10 percent, the FBI reported.
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U.S. Starting to Pour Hundreds of Millions into Mexico To Stop the Violent Expansion of Drug Traffickers

The drug war south of the border is out of control. At a recent law enforcement conference in Southern Calif., law enforcement officers were warned not to cross into Mexico for fun.
By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON – The U.S. has begun pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Mexico to help stanch the expansion of drug-fueled violence and corruption that has claimed more than 5,000 lives south of the border this year.
The bloodshed has spread to American cities, even to the heartland, and U.S. officials are realizing that their fight against powerful drug cartels responsible for the carnage has come down to this: Either walk away or support Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s strategy, even with the risk that counter-narcotics intelligence, equipment and training could end up in the hands of cartel bosses.
Both nations agree that the cartels have morphed into transnational crime syndicates that pose an urgent threat to their security and that of the region. Law enforcement agencies from the border to Maine acknowledge that the traffickers have brought a war once dismissed as a foreign affair to the doorstep of local communities. The trail of slayings, kidnappings and other crimes stretches through at least 195 U.S. cities.
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