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Mexico parades hit gang suspect

Monday, August 01, 2011 - 00:39

Aug 1 - Mexican police parade the alleged leader of a gang of armed enforcers for the Juarez drugs cartel following his arrest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Mexican police parade the alleged leader of the armed wing of the Juarez drugs cartel following his capture on Friday. Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, also known as El Diego, is reputed to be one of the bosses of the La Linea hitmen. The group was formed by renegade security officers in the northern state of Chihuahua to act as enforcers for the cartel based in Ciudad Juarez. Media reports say Acosta Hernandez was behind a car bomb detonated by cell phone that killed four people in Ciudad Juarez in July last year, the first attack of its kind in Mexico's deadly drug war. He's also said to have ordered the killings of at least a dozen other people. Mexico's government had offered a reward worth nearly 1.3 million U.S. dollars for the capture of Acosta Hernandez, a former security chief who worked for the now-extinct Chihuahua state attorney's office, according to the El Universal daily. Some 40, 000 people have lost their lives since President Felipe Calderon sent the army to fight the drugs cartels in late 2006.

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Mexico parades hit gang suspect

Monday, August 01, 2011 - 00:39