Increased patrols credited for drop in violence at border
Murders in key U.S. border cities dropped in the first half of 2009
By Kevin Johnson
Even as rampant drug-related killings continue in Mexico, intensified U.S. efforts to prevent the violence from spilling across the border are succeeding, according to federal data and law enforcement officials.
Murders in key U.S. border cities dropped in the first half of 2009, new FBI crime data show, and some law enforcement officials say that trend is continuing.