News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Mexico blames Gulf cartel for surge in drug murders

REUTERS

4:13 p.m. April 7, 2008

MEXICO CITY – A surge this year in drug murders along Mexico's border with the United States is being driven by the Gulf cartel of traffickers moving to seize rival gangs' smuggling routes, the government said Monday.

Murders in the northern state of Chihuahua across the border from Texas have risen tenfold in the first three months of 2008, prompting the government to deploy 2,500 soldiers and federal police to the city of Ciudad Juarez since last week.

Public Security Minister Genaro Garcia said the spurt in violence in Chihuahua was the result of cartels breaking out of their traditional strongholds and seeking new smuggling routes to the United States.

β€œIn the past it was assumed the Gulf cartel only operated in the Gulf (of Mexico) and the Pacific cartel in the Pacific. Today we have a fight between them over controlling drug smuggling territory,” Garcia told a news conference.

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