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article imageBorder patrol opens fire at Mexico

By Summer Banks     Sep 13, 2010 in Politics
Border patrol seizure of 1,000 pounds of marijuana results in border shoot out. No border patrol officers were hurt during the exchange.
Tensions may be higher during this investigation due to a recent shooting death in El Paso, TX. Video recordings of the shooting show 15 year old throwing rocks at a border patrol agent who then shot and killed the teen. United States authorities claimed the boy was trying to cross into the United States.
Just before 8:00 A.M. on Sunday, United States border patrol officers took part in a marijuana bust in Mission, TX, according to CNN.com. Mission is located on the border between the United States and Mexico. Border patrol agents claim fire was initiated on the Mexican side and agents chose to return fire.
Mexican and United States governments are officially investigating the shootings. With words like drug lord and cartel flying, a spokeswoman for the border patrol claims, "At this point we don't know what cartel it's tied to or if it's just an unaffiliated source."
Border patrol agents have exchanged fire during drug seizures before, but violence has decreased in the past 12 months. Despite the risk of confrontation, border patrol agents have managed to seize more than 800,000 pounds of marijuana in the Mission, TX area alone.
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