As the Obama administration prepares to send more than 100 federal agents to the U.S.-Mexican border, congressional committees are holding hearing after hearing to learn more about the violent Mexican drug cartels......
The death toll from drug-related violence in Mexico last year surpassed 6,000, more than double the previous year.
The bloodshed, which historically has been confined to Mexico, is escalating and migrating. In 2008, Phoenix reported 366 abductions, mostly tied to Mexican human smugglers and narcotics gangs.
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