Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"El Mano Negro" cartel hitman pleads guilty in California of 9 murders

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with material from Sac Bee, and Tulare D.A. office

Investigators believe Martinez may have killed as many as 34 across 12 states



Jose Manuel Martinez, the self-described hit man and debt collector for an unnamed Mexican drug cartel, pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of first-degree murder in California.

Martinez, 53, the man known as El Mano Negro – the Black Hand – will be sentenced to consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Brett Alldredge said as family members of at least one of the victims looked on.

“Are you pleading guilty because you actually are guilty?” Alldredge asked Martinez as he pleaded guilty to murder after murder.

“Yes,” Martinez said each time.

By pleading guilty, Martinez gives up his appeal rights and can’t fight extradition to other states that may want to try him for murder.

Based on his statements to investigators from Alabama, Florida and California, it is believed that Martinez, 53, may have committed as many as 34 slayings in 12 states.

Tulare County Assistant Sheriff Scott Logue said Martinez claimed to work for a drug cartel, but investigators couldn’t confirm it.

“He said he was a hit man for the cartel,” Logue said. “Which cartel he wouldn’t say.”
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 In California, he is accused of killing people between the years of 1980 and 2011, six of the victims were killed in Tulare County, two in Kern and one in Santa Barbara.

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Many of the bodies were dumped in ranches and citrus groves that are spread throughout the California Central Valley.

In 1980, Martinez shot a man who was driving to work with three others in the vehicle. Martinez is accused of shooting another man, who was  in bed,  early one morning in 2000 while the man's four children were home.

Martinez, 53, had lived at times in Richgrove, a small farming community in Central California. He was arrested shortly after crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona.

Authorities first took Martinez to answer charges in Alabama, where they say he began to talk.

"After he confessed to it, it was just like opening up the floodgate," Tim McWhorter of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Alabama said at the time.

He told authorities he'd been an enforcer for drug gangs since he was 16 years old.

"It's how he fed his family, is how he explained it," Sheriff Det. T.J. Watts of Marion County, Alabama, told CNN in 2013. "And if he didn't do the job, someone else would do it."

He was paid on an incentive basis, or for the hit. When he was able to collect debts owed to the cartel, he was permitted to pocket 25% of the money.

Prosecutors said they believed him because he gave details that nobody else would have known. But he stopped short of naming his cartel associates.

In Alabama, Martinez pleaded guilty and accepted a 50-year prison sentence last year for shooting a man to death for making derogatory remarks about Martinez's daughter.

Martinez also awaits additional murder  charges in Florida.

93 comments:

  1. Buh bye!!!! He dont want to go to florida as they will have a weenie roast with his ass lol!

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    1. Does anyone know what happened to freackin el pitufu and freackin el broly damn it. I thought borderland beat contacted them consistently?

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  2. This crazy guy is from sinaloa i know him he probaly going to kill other people inside jail he aint no joke

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  3. El Mano negra get it right to many fuckups lately.y'all copy someone else's news and can't even get it right most of da time.

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    1. @1:53 YEAH, I know man, I promise to go to your funeral now that you gonna kill yourself because you could not get over it...I mean "dat"

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    2. Itz emburasin when dey get it wrong rite?

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  4. Please. I can tell you havent been to jail

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  5. Didn't name the cartel associates. That's bull. They should have threatened to execute him to talk

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  6. He would also kill child molesters for free

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    1. If he really did kill child molesters then I SUPPORT HIM regardless of what cartel he worked for. After all the LORD works in mysterious ways.

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    2. He just work for collections, when the payment plans are not working, he accelerates the process, PUM!!!

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  7. You know he aint from sinaloa, if he was he would be naming all his assosiates and cartel. Thats for sure lol

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    1. I agree, their actions speak for them. They love to spill the beans from chapo, vicentillo, la barbie, and the list goes on

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    2. On point my friend! I suspect Michoacan.

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  8. Haha to the people who talk shit on here that nothing happens that is cartel related here in the central valley. This guy lived in Dinuba a small town here in the 559. I've seen him plenty of times here on the East Side Dina. He's a debt collector for CDS. CDS runs alot of activity here in Dinuba and most of the central valley. But to all you lames who just read and type your bullshit behind a keyboard and talk shit hahaha don't know what's really happening in the real calles other then what you read off of hear of these blogs lmfao... CDS RUNS EVERYTHING! !!

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    1. Shut the hell up idiota Central Valley Califas belongs to michoacanos not cds get ur shit straight

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    2. nothing happens go back to playing xbox

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    3. Like everybody lives where you do! I am sure you knew he was a hit-man when you saw him in the dinner. I am sure you knew that only after he was arrested. Too funny!

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    4. Orosi,cutler,London and Traver too. Jajajajajja

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    5. Hey man,dis guy was from the richgrove, delano,earlimart area,i met. Him at the fights and he was quiet,i know the people he was around and he was a regular gun for hire,stop making up shit,id already heard wat he was but. I never believed it till he came out on news,u cant believe evverything u hear,so. Stop with ur lies.

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    6. CDS does not run everything. Drugs are too big of a business for one cartel to run everything..

      CDS is the most powerful cartel in Mexico, yes, but don't get carried away.

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    7. He killed my friends that here in this town I live in . He was a field contractor and he went missing for 2 days . They Found Him With No Fingers And Tortured . He owed some money to someone

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    8. Not that I don't believe you but how do you know that they're CDS and not another group. Are they all from Sinaloa or something?

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    9. If they keep running killifas, nevada, arizona....soon we will have the sinaloas probably running the entire US of A....like they are running killa fornia flooded with drugs (minus hollywood & all of that) with the corruption under the table all the way to the top in charge, mexican style "'plata o plomo"' but this time is gonn be for the gringos por pendejos....for letting the enemy get inside their homes....if that ever happens then united states deserves to go to hell.

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    10. You $ound like a $crap

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    11. Who you texting to @ 7:17

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    12. 7:17 u sound like a busta

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    13. 7:17 is a dumb short Mexican who thinks he's a big time norteño

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  9. wow what horrible life

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  10. Man he looks the part . Put a bug sombrero on him and some bandoleers full of bullets and he looks like the old classic . Looks means nothing though . Its whats in a persons heart . I think his heart must be full of shit .

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  11. There are some pendejos out there , that omg you wouldn't be beleive, most older cats from michoacan are killers , is hard to beleive but is true....some pendejos don't even know how to write their name or read but good dammit are they good at pulling the trigger....hopefully he spills the truth and maybe brings some closure for the families of victims.......

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    1. You don't know how to write either! so, stfu pendejo lol

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    2. You miss the point @527 pm, is to highlight the fucking ignorant attitude of the sicario. Stfu

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    3. Salute the history making shots, the criminality is subjective, then your side gets to make Oscar wining movies about you, or to celebrate the twisted paths some other shots took...jfk, Reagan or trayvon martin's...
      --the sportsmanship can not be "considering" the off points, just the proficiency.

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  12. Este es SICARIO no chingaderas! Muchos presumen ser grandes. Pero este es de los hombres de arranque. Fiero cabrones.

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  13. Professional murderers, genaro garcia luna and felix ismael rodriguez live in Florida, protected by US government, not that I care, just to point the selective services of law enforcement...

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    1. You know what city in florida??

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    2. The US gov knows, but genny has businesses there with carlos slim helu, why don't you check and let us know?
      --By the way maybe they are not guilty of any wrongdoing but are being victimized by berrellez, castillo, the DEA, proceso, FAWX NEWS, la barbie, Annabel Hernandez and many many more evil people, see also el Retiro dorado de garcia luna, somewhere on BB...
      --I am too tired checking in on the renaissance of the Hussars of Death in Chile with perrochet pinochet and the Death Head of the nazis as their standards helped by the extreme ultraderechista right bombings and murders all over again, also represented by la araña de la extrema derecha...chilena...

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  14. Cayate el valle es puro michoacan they have cjng and templarios..

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  15. THESE COMMENT GOT REALLY BORING people all over cds nuts just talking out their ass! BOOOORRRRRING........,,,,!!

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    1. 7:47 I guess we won't see you again...so long! HASTA LA VISTA, ADIOS!!!
      Adios chaparrita chula...
      --I see you curling your toes, like you're not leaving after all...he he heee...

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  16. ...guess he pled guilty to save himself from the death penalty. Bet there are many a family who would love to see him in the San Quentin 'green room' gas chamber strapped to a chair. And they would smile just a little as one of them pulled the lever to drop the sodium cyanide pellets into the bucket of acid under the chair... he'll hear the ..hisssss ...then to watch him gasp and choke....his piggy eyes bugging out in the final gurgling convulsions leading to a death so well deserved. They should bring back the gas chamber for ilk like him...but instead the long suffering taxpayers of California are gonna have to shell out to house, feed and clothe this creep....three squares a day...free medical, dental, haircuts and all, to the tune of easy $100 grand a year.

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    1. Is he a US citizen? The death penalty may not have applied.

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    2. 12:44 consider suicide?

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    3. @7:48 a.m citizenship dont matter in some states like texas. They executed a mexican national there for killing a cop!

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    4. @ 7:48 and 5:01

      From what I read he is American, but even if he were a Mexican National that would not prevent his execution. It only applies to extradition from Mexico. This guy was captured on U.S. soil so all bets and agreements are off he can be executed.

      all that said he will not be executed in California, he was given 5 life sentences. Yup, five for killing 9 people. this is one reason I am against the death penalty...there is no equivalence, rhyme or reason in application. If not this guy, then who?

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    5. Steven King , is that you ?

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  17. This is the guy that would kill child molesters for free

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    1. Any proof of this though?

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  18. $100 000.00 a year is not Mister Martinez fault, it is the vultures making benefit for themselves from public employees to private contractors, all looking for their share...
    --By the way Chivis Martinez, is this a cousin of yours or sompim'?

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  19. Crazy..I'm from China town in Dinuba,I've never seen this guy tho

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  20. Some of these vatos are old school.
    What's his background ? What home state does he hail from in Mexico.

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  21. El tacuache de la sierra !

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  22. Mano negra worked for the c.d.s its no secret here cent valley

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    1. mano con ojos gang in mexico made by la barbie of laredo

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  23. Hmmm let's see [f he escapes. Oh wait this is not Mexico it is the US.

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    1. Mister mano negra, may be a killer, but it is all for business, do not ask for credit and then refuse to pay just because you have your very big nalgas and sit on MY dinero...
      --on the other hand, the US has its very own murderers and pozoleros that do it for the hell of it, for cover up, political reasons, to get famous, or just for the hell of it...
      --what about the mexican governing narco-mierdocracia the US installs and whole heartedly support with money, weapons and training for its murdering soldiers?

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    2. Tell that to the family of the poor guy that alegedly insulted his daughter,

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    3. How about a photo of mister mano negra's daughter, Chivis? We would all be so happy to see the poster girl, I promise not to save her photo...♡♡♡ just for you

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  24. @3:21...you seem proud of the violence,corruption and generL desmadre you people bring into our communities and our country.....which is why we don't want illegal Mexicans! Enough is enough!

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    1. he is American dumb racist bitch. most of the family lives in Alabama.

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    2. @7:57 Y not mention all the school shootings caused by all those who r not brown? Don't run yo mouth out of convenience just where it suits u pendeja!

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    3. He he heee, many legal americans go to mexico to "legally" fack it up...

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    4. dont tell me your just another Donald trumper rider get the fuck out of here US MEXICANOS/LATINOS/Hispanics run the US who cuts your dam fruits and vegetables ?you wouldn't eat bitch cuz damn well you wouldn't grow them your dam self!!!oh yeah and tell your mom I said I only like when she calls me by papi

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    5. Exactly,,well spoken...That is the truth.
      You have to care about law and order not criminality..

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    6. 7:57 you seem to love so much leaning on the mexicans, not all of whom are criminals, and as far as enough is enough, you ain't seen nothin' yet...
      AQUI ESTAMOS, NO NOS VAMOS, Y AQUI NOS QUEDAMOS!!!
      Don't worry, you can handle it, vas a sentir muy bonito...

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  25. They got all his info up nice!! Now if this guy killed one of my family members this would be the time I would google his family any go kill them all haha...I don't see how why this bottom feeder dosent get the death penalty

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  26. He is American. Born in Ala and moved to northern California as a small child

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  27. Negro VS Negra

    I went with what LAT and Bakersfield, Tulare and sac papers referred to him as...no matter it means black hand....

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    1. also lucky so you learn more slang. alot of mexicans call light skin mexicans "negros" just to contradict the abvious and its comical on top of that.

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    2. either way is correct. I noticed here in NorCal the media used more the Negro than Negra.

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    3. "The black hand" is all neutral words
      --La mano is both feminine words, like la mafia, so "negra" is correct but nothing to kill yourself about, since la mano is feminine on both men and women, negra is the proper word, and you can even say "el mano negra", no problemosh...

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    4. Yeah dicen que tambien es pariente del "negro durazo"

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    5. 1:06 y tu mamá tambien, highest caliber grade

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  28. Classic psychopath. He was a killer, with or without the cartel's involvement.He was going to kill anyway...and they knew that. The murder in Alabama, only proves this to me. He used 'excuses", to kill. In reality, he would kill, for the sake of killing. Bet there are other victims also.

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    1. If this guy killed child molesters and rapist and people who wanted to be kingpins but could not pay their debts then he is an american hero and you (1036) are out of touch with realithy. If you are from alabama then you should be thankful he put an end to some scumbags life. this man is a true hitman who knows how to keep his mouth shut regardless of how many people know him or what cartel he works for. we need more men like this guy who take justice into their own hands and save the taxpayers a shitload of money. i feel like this man never killed an inocent soul. may God forgive him for he has led a life of a lost soul

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    2. And Lord help you if you offend his daughter ,

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    3. How was he located?
      Many guys do not destroy their weapons, the police know how to identify weapons involved, also the cellular phones around a crime scene, IF they want to really clear up a crime...

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  29. This dude has more than 9 notches to his belt. Look at the timeline. He was taking lives that we don't even know about. I bet his count soars well into the double digits. Busta.

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  30. in laredo texas are a lot of hitmans from mexican mafia eme

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  31. How does the capture of a serial killer with at least 34 expected victims not make the front page of every major newspaper worldwide and especially in the United States? This story cannot be found in LA Times, NY Times, or Washington Post. This man is among the likes of John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer. Seems extremely more important to the average American than ISIS, Clinton's emails, and Kylie Jenner.

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    1. @ 10:35 True that. ... Maybe they don't want to make the american public go bananas, knowing that there are psychopath killers from mx cartels roaming US streets.....they rather keep it quiet to not disrupt the "peace" of the "average american" ... Now that is some bullcrap. Or are they intimidated by the cartel goons.? Maybe is some other shet .... Smfh'.

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    2. Jajajaja right bro, one would think that, news in the US is a joke, their like a pack of dingos.

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    3. This was in the news when he was first captured, well at least in CA it was. I guess the trial and punishment is not as excoting.

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    4. 10:35 and what, Cait makes you nervous?
      --Are you proposing that because 1 guy may have killed 9 or 35 guys inside the US, 120 million or more Hispanic descent mexicans should be deported?
      --i mean, often we misspeak when we speak, it happens to the best in any language...

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  32. It can't be found because the United States Government and mainstream media do not want Americans to know the severity of Mexican Cartel operations in the US. Plus, if they printed every single hardcore crime committed by illegal immigrants, there would be not room for advertisements or a sports page. It's that bad in America. They are sick of us.

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  33. Halcon De La Sierra is that you?

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  34. To my "defender"...sorry about the 3 comments sent to me, some are too precious to share :)

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  35. I live here in Richgrove and I verify his presence here. A guy told me about him once and I didn't believe him.

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  36. Did he really kill rapist and child molester.? Other than drug trade trafficker's associates, who would not pay their dues ? Damn I support him, if he did where do I sign up to make me a small crew to hunt this pigs with the support of a big boss and I do not see any proof that he did not kill any one who's innocent, but I'd be gladly and happy to get them bastard's rapist and child molesters off the street's haciendo una limpia le haría bien al país, or I'll just become a legal certified legit bounty hunter, by taking a criminal justice degree or courses and boom, I'll be ready for the clean up of low life criminals in the streets in any American city and Mexican as well. !

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