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Beheading Suspects Taken Into Custody



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    Two suspected drug dealers are under arrest for allegedly beheading a man who owed them money.
    The two men were arrested on Thursday. Baja state prosecutors said the men confessed to killing 30-year old Rames Mendoza.
    Mendoza was reported missing last week and his severed head was found Monday hanging from a bridge in Tijuana.

    Baja California state prosecutor Fermin Gomez said the suspects, Joel Barriga and Alfredo Avila, were captured with seven assault rifles and acknowledged killing the victim.

    Cartel-style violence largely abated in Tijuana after the January 2010 capture of Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental, one of two reputed crime bosses allegedly caught up in a bloody turf war in the city across from San Diego.

    But Tijuana has seen a series of beheadings, bridge hangings and shootings since President Felipe Calderon visited in October and touted the city as a success story in his four-year-old drug war.