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Gunmen in Mexico Drug War Getting Younger

Mexican police on Friday detained a minor accused of working as a gunman for a drug cartel after videos and photos surfaced online of fresh-faced boys mugging for the camera with guns and corpses. One video, briefly posted on YouTube, showed a youth, apparently in his teens, confessing to working for a branch of the Beltran Leyva cartel. The youth tells an unseen questioner that his gang was paid $3,000 per killing. "When we don't find the rivals, we kill innocent people, maybe a construction worker or a taxi driver," the youth is heard saying. Read full story.

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