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US Border Agent: Drug cartels want to dominate society

El Paso and Juarez don’t look the way they did 10 years ago when tourists routinely crossed the Rio Grande and families gathered without concern at night


By Ramon Bracamontes
El Paso Times

EL PASO — No region has felt the devastation caused by the Mexican drug cartel wars more than El Paso and Juarez, and the violence is not about to end, a federal agent said Thursday during a conference on border security.

The cartels now want to dominate society, said Alonzo R. Pena, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy assistant secretary for operations.

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