Associated Press/Photo by Guillermo Arias

Terror in Tijuana

Crime | Latest south-of-the-border drug violence reveals cartels with more weapons, less fear of harming the innocent
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 11/29/08, 12:00 am

SAN DIEGO-In Baja Calif., weekends are a different kind of blast. On Saturday, Nov. 15, masked gunmen burst into a Tijuana pool hall and opened fire with shotguns, killing five people. On the same day, two men and a 14-year-old girl died in a shootout in a Tijuana street. The murders occurred shortly after at least 1,000 people, protesting the region's spiraling drug-related violence, marched through the city's streets carrying signs that said "Dios nos ahorra."

God save us.

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Associated Press/Photo by Eduardo Verdugo

Operation cooperation

Crime | Coordinated efforts with other nations and agencies help U.S.
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/18/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On Wednesday an international operation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 175 people allegedly connected to the Mexican drug trafficking Gulf Cartel. Among those indicted in Washington, D.C., district court were three suspected leaders of the extremely violent group: Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano, and Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez.

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DNA dilemma

Crime | New federal guidelines to expand genetic sampling create more questions over whether more information is too much
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 5/31/08, 12:00 am

LOWELL, Ind.- When a fleck of blood, a hair root, or a body fluid sample arrives at the State Police DNA lab in Lowell, Ind., it may be the only piece of evidence collected from a crime scene. Its value, however, will be high for both victim and criminal: If its DNA matches up in the system, the crime may be solved.

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