Entries in Mexican Drug Cartel (2)


Napolitano to Mexican Cartels: 'Don't Even Think About It'

PHoto Courtesy - Getty Images(EL PASO, Texas) -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was talking tough about border security issues in a speech she delivered Monday at the University of Texas at El Paso.

She sent a clear message to Mexican drug cartels: "Don't even think about bringing your violence....across this border," she said.

While Napolitano says American border communities are safe, she has a clear warning for cartels on the other side of the border.

"You will be met by an overwhelming response. And we’re going to continue to work with our partners in Mexico to dismantle and defeat you," she said.

“We are deeply concerned about the drug cartel violence taking place in Mexico. We know that these drug organizations are seeking to undermine the rule of law in Northern Mexico and that we must guard against spillover effects into the United States. Nonetheless, it is inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control. This statement -- often made only to score political points -- is just plain wrong,” Napolitano said in the speech.

In her speech Napolitano also briefly addressed her decision to scrap the "virtual fence" that was announced earlier this month.

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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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