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Mexico / Drug Wars / Teen Assassins / Burton Interview #942789

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009
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(Studio: John Roberts) The arrest of an American soldier {Army Pfc. Michael Apodaca††} for working as a Mexican cartel hit man noted.

(Laredo, Texas: Ed Lavandera) Young Americans recruited as assassins by the cartels featured; scenes shown from Laredo, Texas, where there were 7 murders, including police video of assassins Gabriel Cardona & Rosalio Reta†† & from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where they were recruited for murder. [Laredo police Det. Robert GARCIA†- says they were professionals & part of sleeper cells in the US.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Live discussion held with counterterrorism expert Fred Burton about the Mexican assassins. [BURTON - says this is a dirty business that should be a wake-up call with recruitment from the National Guard in the US; comments on the assassination in El Paso of Jose Gonzales & how this criminal activity is spreading beyond the US-Mexico border.]

Roberts, John;
Lavandera, Ed

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