Cartel-Related Extortion in El Paso?
POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 5:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 2:41pm
EL PASO - Since the drug war in Mexico started several years ago, not only have thousands been killed, but businesses facing extortion from the cartels have become a staple in Juarez.
While police in El Paso say that violence hasn't spilled over into El Paso, evidence surfaced Tuesday, that the threats may have.
Police were called to Las Barritas Sports Bar off of Montwood Drive.
About a dozen broken windows covered the front of the business before they were covered up with posters.
Workers at surrounding businesses said what's more disturbing was the message spray-painted on the sidewalk directly in front of the doors.
It said, "Paguen lo que deben - La Linea," which is Spanish for "pay what you owe."
La Linea is another name for the Juarez Drug Cartel.
They're responsible for countless shakedowns in Juarez.
Despite the message, police said they're treating the incident as a case of criminal mischief, not cartel-related extortion.
Police did say, however, they will continue to investigate.