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El Paso is Major Hub for Drugs Sent to U.S.

December 22, 2008

El Paso, though spared the brazen killings taking place in Mexico, has felt the power of the multibillion-dollar illicit drug trade and has become a major hub for the distribution of drugs headed to markets throughout the United States, officials said.

Homicide Total in Juarez, Mexico, Passes 1,500

December 22, 2008
With the homicide toll in Juárez surpassing the 1,500 mark, authorities there are left to face what border experts are calling the biggest Mexican dilemma -- ending the bloody street war between drug cartels, controlling thugs who have gone wild and preventing police corruption.

Blood from Mosquito Traps Finnish Suspect

December 22, 2008
Police in Finland believe they have caught a car-thief thanks to a DNA sample taken from a sample of his blood found inside a mosquito.

St. Louis Police Kept Seized Cash that Should Have Been Returned

December 19, 2008
For years, St. Louis police wrongly kept and earned interest on millions of dollars seized in the arrests of suspects, the department admitted Wednesday. It amassed a cache of up to about $6 million.

L.A. County to Send 112 Deputies to Inauguration

December 19, 2008
The move will make the L.A. County department one of the largest contingents helping with crowd control and other duties at what are expected to be high-turnout festivities surrounding President-elect Barack Obama's swearing in.

New Hampshire Cop Killer Gets Death Penalty

December 18, 2008
Michael Addison was sentenced to death this morning for the murder of Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs, making him the first New Hampshire man to face execution in nearly 50 years.

Robert Ellis Acquitted of Murdering NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko

December 18, 2008
An ex-con accused of the cold-blooded slaying of Police Officer Russel Timoshenko in a Brooklyn traffic stop was cleared of murder Wednesday night - a verdict that drew outrage and bewilderment.

Arizona Lags in Share of New Border Patrol Agents

December 18, 2008
The Border Patrol has met its goal of hiring 6,000 new agents in two years, but Arizona, which has the busiest stretch of border, saw the smallest percentage increase. Along the Southwestern border, 45 percent more agents now patrol than did two years ago. But along Arizona's border, where nearly half of all illegal immigrants traveling from Mexico were arrested last year, the Border Patrol bolstered its forces by 23 percent.

Alabama Law Enforcement Teams with Truckers to Combat Aggressive Drivers

December 18, 2008
Two nurses on their way home to Walker County on Wednesday morning got more than a surprise on Interstate 65. The driver got a ticket for going 80 mph and a second ticket for failing to signal a lane change. The ticket was courtesy of Alabama's latest twist to catch bad drivers - spying them from the cab of an 18-wheeler.

Los Angeles City Council Bans Sale of .50 Caliber Rifle Ammo

December 18, 2008
The measures ban the sale of .50-caliber ammunition, capable of penetrating a car's engine, and would require the city's ammunition vendors to be licensed, to sell ammunition face-to-face instead of over the Internet and require gun dealers to report a full accounting of their inventory twice a year to the Police Department.
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