Mexico Offers Million$ for Top Drug Lords

Monday, Mar 23, 2009  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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Mexico Offers Million$ for Top Drug Lords

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Mexico is offering $2 million each -- in pesos, presumably -- for information leading to the arrest of 24 top drug lords.

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Mexico is offering $2 million each -- in pesos, presumably -- for information leading to the arrest of 24 top drug lords.

The most-wanted list is a public challenge to the cartels' violent grip on Mexico. Some 8,000 people have been killed in the past two years as gangs battle each other for territory and fight off a nationwide crackdown.

Some of that violence is spilling over into the U.S., especially the Southwest, where kidnaps and killings are on the rise.

Mexico's Attorney General's office published the list Monday. It also shows how the drug gangs have splintered into six main cartels, under pressure from both the U.S. and Mexican governments.

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