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It's official-Mexican drug violence has spilled over into Texas

By Roger Corral     Feb 24, 2009 in Crime
Border city may soon face some critical and challenging times as the Mexican drug cartel violence makes its way into the city.
El Paso, Texas, known for its humble and welcoming people, may soon find itself in the midst of a full-fledge drug war spill from its border neighbor, Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Shortly after the resignation of ex-police chief Roberto Orduña Cruz on Friday, alleged written threats against Juárez mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz and his family were dispersed throughout the city on banners that the cartel uses to send messages to government officials, according to Juárez police.
Current reports indicate Ferriz has moved his family to El Paso for safety measures.
The El Paso Times reports that local detective Carlos Carrillo intends to help Ferriz in keeping his family safe across the border.
"We received information that the Juárez mayor lives in El Paso, and that possibly they were going to come to El Paso to get him," Carrillo told The Times. "He has not asked us for our help, but it's our duty to protect any resident of our city who may be under threat."
The news comes after another cartel fatal attack on Sunday, that left one of Chihuahua Governor Jose Reyes Baeza Terraza's bodyguards dead.
Border city tenants are even more troubled as State Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw declared in a hearing before the House Committee on Border and International Affairs that violence from the Mexican drug war has officially spilled over into Texas.
"Yes, absolutely it has occurred; there's no question about it," McCraw answered to State Representative Joe Moody, regarding evidence that would characterize a spillover. "Anything that involves cartel activity that impacts Texans on this side of the border, is by definition, spillover violence."
As has previously been reported, Texas has been planning contingency plans to respond in case of a large-scale threat to local, state and federal agencies that can stem from the drug cartel war.
The Merida Initiative seeks to help the Mexican government and Central America countries in battling drug traffickers through training, technology equipment and intelligence assistance.
The Juarez cartel is considered by many accounts, the richest drug smuggling agent in the nation, and perhaps the world, along with many others within Mexico.
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