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Saturday
Oct302010

Residents in Fear After Potentially Worst Drug Crime in US History

Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy, Photo Courtesy - Chandler, AZ Police Department(CHANDLER, Ariz.) -- In Chandler, Arizona, people can't forget it.  Police are investigating what they now say could be the most violent drug crime in U.S. history.

During the Arizona gubernatorial debate, Governor Jan Brewer was grilled by her opponent, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, as well as members of the media for floating rumors of beheadings. But, now, talk of Arizona beheadings is a reality.

The reason behind the vicious Sunday, October 10th murder remains a mystery. Chandler police held on to the gory details until now, citing an ongoing investigation, "The victim in the case is a Phoenix resident who may have been involved in drug trafficking and may have stolen drugs or money from a drug dealer. We have no confirmation whether it is a drug cartel, but our investigators are following leads that this possibly could be drug cartel related," said Chandler Police Department Detective Frank Mendoza.  Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy was stabbed multiple times and beheaded.

Other law enforcement officials, like Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada, tell us this raises a red flag because the gruesome crime is so atypical.

Chandler, Arizona now has the dubious distinction for being known as a place where a beheading has happened on U.S. soil. There was one arrest in the case, Crisantos Moroyoqui. Chandler Police say they're looking for three other men who all came from California.

Estrada said "I'm hoping it's not a cartel hit because it could be, unfortunate, the beginning of something that may be a trend."

While the manhunt goes on for the three remaining suspects, people in Chandler watch and wait, hoping against hope it doesn't happen again.

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