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'Wolf Boys' Tells the Story of Americans Lured to Join Mexican Drug Cartel

Ray Suarez - NPR.org
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September 14, 2016
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Former legal affairs reporter Dan Slater's new book Wolf Boys tells the true story of two American teenagers recruited to a Mexican drug cartel, and the Texas detective obsessed with capturing them.

Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
by Dan Slater
Check it out at SimonAndSchuster.com

When Americans think of the drug cartels, we often think of the violence in Mexico, mayhem that from time to time spills over to the U.S. This election season, the drug trade and the reach of Mexico's criminal gangs has featured in Donald Trump's campaign for president. We don't think of American teenagers picking up arms, joining up and even killing for these criminal empires, but it happens.

Author Dan Slater tells the story of Gabriel Cardona and Bart Reta, two American teenagers who grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas, seduced by power and money of Mexican drug cartels in a new book out next week, "Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers And Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel." I started out by asking Dan Slater to talk about the border between Mexico and Texas because it can seem ephemeral.

Read the transcript at NPR.org

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