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Mexican cartels hiring common criminals

“Drug cartels are increasingly recruiting common criminals and quickly converting them into killers, the head of Mexico’s federal police said Wednesday.

Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna said new drug cartel recruits can reach the position of hit man in a month, a process that used to take 15 years.

Garcia Luna said his agency has began combatting common crime as it fights drug cartels in response to the changing nature of organized crime in Mexico.”

(Source: The Associated Press: Official: Mexican cartels hiring common criminals.)

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