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Killing of TX District Attorney, Wife, Likened to Violence by Mexican Drug Cartels

April 1, 2013 08:17:46 am

Whoever bashed in the door of Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland and gunned down him and his wife over Easter weekend unleashed a level of brazenness felt across the state and used tactics chillingly similar to those of drug-cartel assassins, says the Houston Chronicle. "At this point, we can just speculate, but whatever it is, it ain't good," said Robert Kepple of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. A McLelland assistant was murdered on his way to work two months ago. Mike Vigil, retired chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said regardless who carried out the Kaufman County attacks, the link to Mexican drug cartels is clear. "It really paints a portrait of individuals who are either affiliated with Mexican drug trafficking organizations [ ] or individuals who have learned (their) tactics," Vigil said. In Mexico, an ongoing war between drug cartels and security forces has turned regions of the country into lawless lands, where cartel hit men have shown no hesitation to spray people with gunfire in their homes or businesses, or kick down their doors and make them disappear in the night. "It could be a world of possibilities," he continued. "But it is a common tactic used by Mexican drug cartels, and it is signature given the fact that this is what they do in Mexico."
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