Calexico, Calif.

Calexico Police Department Detective Mario Salinas looks toward the border crossing. The entry point is a major corridor through which the Sinaloa drug cartel smuggles drugs into the U.S. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000043" title="Iraq War (2003-2011)" href="/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/wars-interventions/iraq-war-%282003-2011%29-EVHST000043.topic">Iraq war</a> veteran Roberto Daniel Lopez watched from an area near the park behind Salinas when he worked as a lookout for the cartel. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/cartel/la-me-cartel4-20110728,0,3438885.story"><span class="center_label">Return to story</span></a>
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( Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / August 26, 2009 )

Calexico Police Department Detective Mario Salinas looks toward the border crossing. The entry point is a major corridor through which the Sinaloa drug cartel smuggles drugs into the U.S. Iraq war veteran Roberto Daniel Lopez watched from an area near the park behind Salinas when he worked as a lookout for the cartel. Return to story

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