Deadly Traffic on the Border

A drug agent is found murdered

John Gavin, the tough-talking U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, could barely contain his rage as he tersely announced that the search for Enrique Camarena Salazar had ended. Camarena, a U.S. citizen and an eleven-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration, had been kidnaped by four gunmen in Guadalajara early last month. Alfredo Zavala Avelar, a pilot who flew Camarena on many of his DEA missions, had been abducted later that same day. The bodies of the men, Gavin said, were discovered by the side of a road near a ranch about 100 miles from Guadalajara. They had been severely beaten, and bound,...

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