Mexican Drug Cartels Give Hit Men OK for Attacks in U.S.

Alicia A. Caldwell, AP, August 25, 2008

Warring Mexican drug cartels have given their hit men permission to cross into the United States to kill their targets, according to warnings received by U.S. authorities.

Police and federal agents told The Associated Press about the warnings today, and official along the border are beefing up security.

“We received credible information that drug cartels in Mexico have given permission to hit targets on the U.S. side of the border,” El Paso Police spokesman Officer Chris Mears said. “One of the first things we did was to notify all officers in our department of the situation.”

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Drug cartel violence has claimed thousands of lives across Mexico this year. Nearly 800 people have been killed this year in Ciudad Juarez, a hard-scrabbled city of about 1.3 million people across the Rio Grande from El Paso.

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