Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cartels turn New York into a fentanyl distribution center

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from La Silla Rota

          Así es como los cárteles mexicanos buscan apropiarse de Nueva York 

Traffickers use a drug that is 50 times more powerful than heroin 

They had a couple of weeks in the United States from Mexico. The middle-aged couple had been in New Jersey, had gone shopping at a Walmart, had dinner at an IHop. They returned home only to be arrested.

US anti-narcotics agents, with a search warrant in hand, entered the apartment located in one of the apartment buildings in Queens.

Inside one of the many suitcases the couple had arrived in the United States with, the officers found drugs, but not "the usual ones."

It was not methamphetamine, nor cocaine, much less marijuana, it was pure fentanyl, a synthetic and extremely dangerous opioid, 50 times more powerful than heroin.

The lethality of this drug is shown with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which indicate that more than 60,000 people died from overdoses in the United States last year. As well as five times more deaths caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

The couple owned 141 pounds, almost 64 kilos, of that substance. It was the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of the United States.

According to the Drug Control Administration (DEA), in those 64 kilos there was enough of the drug to kill 32 million people.

Rogelio Alvarado Robles, 55, and Blanca Flores Solis, 52, were arrested.

And although they had no criminal record, much less weapons, they were both drug runners to negotiate the sale of tens of millions of dollars in narcotics, as pharmaceutical executives on a "business trip."

To the DEA, the drug cartels seek to turn New York into their distribution center.

So far this year [2017] they have seized more than 350 pounds, almost 159 kilos, of pure fentanyl in New York City, 10 times more than in 2016.

Fentanyl seems better than heroin for trafficking because of its various advantages. First because it is much more profitable.

In addition, far from growing in the undergrowth of distant mountains, such as poppy, heroin base plant, this, like methamphetamine, can be manufactured in clandestine laboratories using relatively inexpensive chemicals.

Not to mention that its potency makes it able to be diluted to exponentially increase the doses at street level, either in the form of powder or alternative pills pressed to look like brands such as OxyContin and Percoset.

For James Hunt, head of the New York Division of the DEA, the way in which this drug is distributed in the city is also different.

They put aside the violence, the drug traffickers become "evil businessmen", who invest 3 thousand dollars and earn millions of dollars.

"They are smart," says Jimmy Arroyo, a special agent of the DEA that leads the team that in recent months has made several important arrests related to Mexican traffickers. "They know that if they kill people, they will attract attention."

The criminal organization responsible for bringing fentanyl to the United States is the Sinaloa Cartel .
According to the DEA, 80% of the fentanyl seized in the New York area is related to the Sinaloan drug lords.

And it's no surprise to the US authorities, according to its National Assessment on the Threat of Drugs, the Sinaloa Cartel is the one with the largest presence in the United States.

This despite the fact that its most recognized leader, Joaquín Guzmán Loera "El Chapo " is incarcerated in a Manhattan prison. So perhaps the defense of the criminal boss can be financed in part with the benefits of sales of fentanyl made only a few meters from his cell.

The drug traffickers even avoid the precarious areas of New York’s rougher neighborhoods, to avoid being robbed or detected by the DEA. They seek to settle in the places of high prestige.

The Americans' concern about drugs is such that President Donald Trump declared that opiate addiction was a public health emergency.

For his part, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has defined fentanyl as "the number one killer drug in the United States [...] and as deadly as it is, you can connect and ask for it by mail."

With information from The Washington Post

57 comments:

  1. Where do they come up with these stats about a drug?
    These explanations that a drug is 50 times more powerful than another very powerful drug seem overexagerrated. If this was the case I, would assume even a pinprick of the drug would get you high and anything more than a drop would cause you to overdose!

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    1. i wondered how to understand that myself. that said, it is dangerous for first responders because it is absorbed through the skin and inhaled through lungs, eyes etc.


      from DEA:
      There is a significant threat to law enforcement personnel, and other first responders,
      Who may come in contact with fentanyl and other fentanyl-related substances through routine law enforcement, emergency or life-saving activities. Since fentanyl can be ingested orally,
      Inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes, any substance suspected to contain fentanyl should be treated with extreme caution as exposure to a small amount can lead to significant health-related complications, respiratory depression, or death....

      https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/Fentanyl_BriefingGuideforFirstResponders_June2017.pdf

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    2. Its call chemistry.

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    3. go back to sleep 11:01

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    4. It’s called our government is behind everything world depopulation and this is from somebody who has seen alot...

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    5. Yes I also wonder how this could be a continuous profit model, if you mix it with the cut wrong than your customers will die. Also everyone buying this would know they're risking their life everytime. I know that heavy users of heroin would be interested in the powerful kick, but are there really that many people that want to take the risk?

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    6. Yes I also wonder how this could be a continuous profit model, if you mix it with the cut wrong than your customers will die. Also everyone buying this would know they're risking their life everytime. I know that heavy users of heroin would be interested in the powerful kick, but are there really that many people that want to take the risk?

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    7. A quick image search of "lethal dose fentanyl" will net you some images that can get you a better idea regarding how much is a lethal dose. A pinprick WILL get you high, and that drop in a liquid solution may kill you.

      Carfentanyl is worse, and we're starting to see that in some places too.

      KB

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    8. Exactly! It only takes a small amounts to kill you. Your curiosity would kill you too. Dont ever wonder if one is stronger than the other, just treat them all the same. All drugs are poison and will kill you!

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    9. 12:53 They make more money off fentanyl by using it to cut weak heroin and make it stronger. Yes, people are dying from it, but they make 50 times more money for the same amount of drug.

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    10. This article explains much.
      https://www.acsh.org/news/2017/01/17/if-you-think-fentanyl-bad-10663

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    11. There's actually a standardized statistic to measure such a claim: LD50, which is the amount of the drug that kills 50% of the people (or lab rats, adjusted for weight) who ingest it. So if, hypothetically speaking, the LD50 of heroin was 50 mg, and the LD50 of fentanyl was 1mg, then it's pretty straightforward to say fentanyl is 50x stronger than heroin.

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  2. Quit mentioning Sinaloa as the top distributors of drugs into the U.S.
    U.S. agencies like CIA and DEA are the ones that helped them grow in the first place by capturing all their rivals leaders and only one major leader of theirs.

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    1. Get a grip,do you actually believe that shit?
      If your Mexican yes you do,but it has nothing to do with facts,just fuckin hate

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    2. Nothing wrong with HATING Sinaloa or any cartel bud. Worry about people that hate other people doing good or living and honest life. Get a clue pal!
      Now if U.S. agencies help instead of deter the growth of one cartel well then it is expected the get backlash also!

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    3. Facts are there ...you just gotta dig ...so no hate just facts

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    4. 6:10 if you can, debunk,
      if you can't debunk STFU
      and stop it with your "hate crutches"

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  3. Fair question. Some sources say it's up to 100 times more potent. The dealers (attempt) to dilute the shit out of it but sometimes they don't really know how much they're putting into what they sell, making it extremely dangerous for obvious reasons. https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/29/fentanyl-heroin-photo-fatal-doses/, https://americanaddictioncenters.org/fentanyl-treatment/similarities/

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  4. New York city has always been a drug hub before there were cartels in mexico.

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    1. not so...because of its logistics.
      but this is talking about fent

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    2. New york is a hub in the east coast it has always been so is no big surprise to find large amounts of everything. Matter of fact befor3 the domination of the coke by the mexicans new york was a place in the east coast to get drugs if you lived in dc or meryland philadephia northern jersey all the east coast down to va dealers went to nyc to get the bet for cheapest and take it to the other cities outside nyc

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    3. that is untrue. maybe you don't know what a hub is? look up gov data reports they have maps.

      it was L.A. and Chicago, from those regions connections of interstate hwy can distribute anything anywhere quickly.

      then a few years ago Atlanta was added. and actually out produces either Chicago and L.A. by about 15% annually. L.A. an Chicago tie from the amount distributed. with a little edge given to L.A. Chicago was the king hub until atl surfaced.

      keep it real

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    4. The persecution of grifa and alcohol and cervezas (beer) back in the day, by even sharpie untouchable Thomas E. Dewey that profited his earnings into a presidential campaign he almost won, helped ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN corner the heroin market and become a billionaire even in the middle of depression...
      --There is always the private interest behind the government's campaigns trying to save some people's lives and a few cents the sharpie businessmen turn into ass grabs worth billions of dollars for their associations...

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  5. I live in a small town of about 17thousand people up in Minnesota last week my wife's cousin's husband overdosed and this Monday a another person i worked with overdosed both died from it. It's really killing people this ain't heroin this you don't use use use up your dose cus you dont get off no more and die this you use once and die .

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    1. Some people won't agree, but I feel for your loss there try to lay off the hard stuff.

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    2. 11:33 Don't worry, some norweigian with a PhD will arrive soon to fill their positions and man their machines on the cotton fields in the plantation...

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  6. Someone will go down for this

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  7. Where are all the gun freaks in the US to stop all this?

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    1. Spoken like a true ignorant leftist

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    2. The DEA is the cause of this because they enforce drug laws...wait uh ya it's Trump's fault.

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  8. Well that sucks i wish they could come to my neighborhood in NYC that way we could rob them.....but since i live in the area with the most crime they definitely won't be coming here

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    1. 2:42 you will have to keep your day job
      as La Perra de la carcel in your "hood".
      --But you can always count on broken broomsticks
      for some divine justice, aaight?
      ...then there is judicial impunity, never fails the finest...

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  9. What I continue to fail to understand is WHY pushers or DTO’s would want to KILL their customers........that is just a bad business plan, not to mention bringing on the heat.

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    1. Profit margin. I’ve read that fent has the highest out of anything that cartels produce/sell. Plus, like meth, fent is something they can produce in Mexico, and like meth, it’s a much less time/space-consuming process than mota or chiva.

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    2. Because you do not understand. You think someone who has 60 kilo is sell to the end addict? No. The business plan is sell to wholesaler who cut 1 into 10 and make big money. By the time it gets to addict it’s not so strong to kill. The ones that kill is a guy who buy online and don’t know how to cut right so it too strong

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    3. Hi Yaqui. They use fentanyl in dangerous effort to increase money made by cutting the heroina even more than they normally do, but blending in fentanyl to keep the potency. They do not wish to kill addictos but it is a dangerous effort with little regard for the user to increase profits by increasing size and weight of what they possess to sell.

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    4. Yeah carretero, why cut the baking soda with fentanyl? Just buy the baking soda in Niw Yoargk like regular Russian mobsters do...

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    5. Yeah carretero, why cut the baking soda with fentanyl? Just buy the baking soda in Niw Yoargk like regular Russian mobsters do...

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    6. Shut your YO-YOS! Chiva was big until Fen-Fen arrived on the scene, strait from china, tolerated by the US as part of the payment to the Chinese government for selling cheap their Captive Communist Slave Labor to the Industrious American Offshorers, of course, it took some christianization by the likes of Ralph Reed and his Cristiano Crusader Brigades persecuted by the American Casino industry Owning Indians because they got robbed by the sanabagans with help of like politician Jack Abramhoff...
      The Chinese are the big shit now, the British even went back to England and took their HSBC bank home after hundreds of years as the Architects of Hong Kong...
      --The mexicans? Can't even make bank withdrawals...LOL

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  10. Another school shooting in the usa. 17 dead

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    1. 5:51 don't worry, be happy, positive,
      give the benefit of the doubt...
      --The president and the first lady are praying and visiting some of the survivors, we will pass legislation to allow ring kissing that may improve the healing...
      --but if you want legislation passed only one year ago to allow the mentally challenged to buy and own guns including R15, then you must be crazy, (specially if you do not have the millions of dollars American lawmakers take to pass "legislation", fackiu)

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  11. Spanish speaking site comments gloating over the latest school shooting in the US,,fuckin horrible..NOT COOL..
    I know,this wont get published

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    1. 6:00 I am sure the commenters are all naked from head to toes, AND YOU CAN SEE THEM FROM THE TOP OF YOUR LADDER.
      --pinchi viejilla degenerada...(old coot)

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  12. 11:01 is correct. The chemical breakdown proves it to be 50 times stronger than heroin and 100x stronger than morphine. And yes a salt grain is enough to get you high if it's pure. I know this because I was once on rent for 1 year. Overdosed and woke up in Ambulance 5 times in one year. Ended up going to rehab and getting clean. Been 3 years. Back the I was getting it overnighted to my mailbox via Dsrkweb. Too easy, quite scary too

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  13. Char asked about El Musico on the forum. According to Cartel Wives by the Flores twins’ wives, Musico was Botas Blancas’ “right-hand man and top lieutenant”

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  14. "The dosage of fentanyl is a microgram, one millionth of a gram – similar to just a few granules of table salt. Fentanyl can be lethal and is deadly at very low doses. Fentanyl and its related compounds come in several forms including powder, blotter paper, tablets, and spray." - dea.gov

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  15. All the products of the american politician. This is all about money just like war. Changing the culture would be a loss to the economy.

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  16. Time to make these drugs legal so that deaths will go WAY down, since it will be tested.

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  17. we have had quite a few comments about the Fla HS shooting that killed 17.

    About half of you want greater gun control. And some have asked my position. A democrat on the floor today outright lied , at best, saying this is an issue unique to the U.S. ....that is a lie or at best an ignorant comment.

    take a look ..top historical 104 worse school killings in the world:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_massacres_by_death_toll

    The argument over gun restriction is over 200 years late. It is a knee jerk argument. When you remove or restrict gun ownership, you take weapons out of the hands of law abiding citizens and empower criminals who scoff at laws.

    So about the shooting of yesterday. So damn sad, and I have no answers on what should be done but It is a mental issue, and we can vastly improve mental health treatment and care. These shootings have one common component, the shooter has a history of mental, anger or behavior issues.

    And lastly, if all the guns were gone from the U.S. a crazy will still find a way to kill the masses.

    The killer at Virginia Tech used only 2 handguns to kill 33 people. truth is, explosives is a more effective way to kill masses.

    In fact in the most deadly U.S. school attack killing 44 and injuring 58, not one bullet was fired, not one gun used,
    bombs/explosives.

    and the most deady school attack was not in the U.S.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1927-bombing-remains-americas-deadliest-school-massacre-180963355/

    and those are my thoughts and for the record I do not own a weapon with the exception of bear spray.

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    1. I totally agree Chivis. In a close-quarters environment like a school shooting, the difference in the body count from a gunman wielding a pistol and a gunman wielding an AR is negligible. You can legally buy pistol magazines that will hold up to 33 rounds. If you have four of those, and you’re firing a shot every 3 seconds, you can put almost 150 rounds down range in under 7 mins. I believe the shooting in Broward county took less than 15 mins.
      While I agree with the Repub theory that this is primarily a mental health issue, I strongly disagree with the Repub urge to slash gov’t spending in all areas of health care (including all-important mental health spending).

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    2. Corrupt organizations like the NRA believe 8 million dollars to legislators like John McCain, 4 million to Marco rubio, and so on and on and on, 50 million dollars straight from russia to presidential candidates campaign coffers and 2p million dollars for them to keep and spend as they see fit, is worth any school mass murders, or any other public venue like movie theaters, cinemas, plazas, or religious compounds.
      Some Republicans are known RINOS, others are RHINOS, where the H is for Hateful "Hate-filled" Haters...
      It is no coincidence finding Democrat liberal beerputschista tea partier astroturf maniacs is a hard job...
      --Liberals is about an empire of the people by the people for the people.
      --Libertarian is about an empire of the Law of the Rich in the jungle through their government over the people, they hijack the "AUTHORITY" to wield it liberally on their "subjects" with great authority straight from GOD HIMSELF, according to themselves...
      --Chivis, reconsider beibi, or don't,
      it is a free world, and I won't love you any less...

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  18. It is not a coincidence that most mass shooters commit suicide when confronted with resistance of any seriousness, thus they commit these shootings in places they can be gaurabtred to be a gun free zone. Proposed by leftists who don’t care whether something works or what it’s real effects are, so long as it makes them look like they care and trick the poor into control inually voting to be kept poor. Gun free zones only stop law abiding people, just as welfare is designed to keep people dependent, bc if someone no longer needs welfare, they are less likely to vote lefty. People don’t get it, leftists want and need these types of events, so they can grandstand and demand money for policies that will do nothing but require more and more funding each year, all while producing less and less results. Look at public schools, they are funded better than ever and the results are pathetic. All the while, it is made difficult to home school or choose where your child should go to be educated. Just like welfare, they need the schools to not work and keep everyone in them, so they can always move the goalposts and ask for more. More money, more power, more laws, and less freedom bc of chocking regulations on all Americans. The establishment republicans aren’t much better. Hate trump or not, it is good that every establishment politician is against him and lies to try and get him out. They know he actually wants to give improving things a try, rather than simply enrich himself. I invite everyone to pick any senator or congressman from either party, an see their net worth when they started their first term, and what it is either currently or the last year they served. Ask yourself how the wealth was possible on a salary of a few hundred thousand a year. And look up how much money in tax dollars is spent to settle private lawsuits against those same legislators, for things like sexual assault and bad business practices. You can even google it, there is so much proof out there, even commie google can’t hide all the search hits. I can tell you, if the government ever tries to come for all the guns, their will be a civil war, bc I am far from the only person who will die before giving tbem up. Ask yourself how long the police take to respond, even in good areas, and that isn’t even addressing the main concern, which is government tyranny, which can happen very easily. Ask Mexico!
    Finesse in Texass

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    1. 12:58 sabotaging prisons, education, public heath programs, 5he armed forces, politics, elections, religion, even doctors, and gun owning has led to "tax reforms" that enrich not the poorest of the 8 dollar an hour minimum wage earners but the top 85% of the US population, mainly the 1% richest millionaires and billionaires...
      Now engaged on privatizing all the above named public services, private armies of mercenary pirates are absorbed in exacting juicy contracts from the US government they despise and belittle so much, from Eric Prince to his sister madame secretary of Education Beasty de Voss who never went to get a junior college associates on educatin, shit, not even an Ed. assistant 6 week diploma, or other famous failed appointees like drug czar marino, pruitt, prince, or other high flying jet setters...
      Please leave alone the partisanship and review your opinions, gun dealers are more corrupt than the mentally deranged mass murderers that really put it on the line because of mental disease, senator chuck grossly passed a special stand alone bill in 2017 and it was promptly signed into law...to allow the mentally diseased to buy and own guns and keep their names off black lists including the FBI's...
      --Timoty McVeigh also did his vengeful shit in Oklahoma in defense of "gun and religion Rights of the Pederastas" like David Koresh, a victim of federal government overreach in texas.
      At some point you have to leave your feelings behind and grow a pair and leave behind your wrong misguided missconceptions...

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  19. so how many bombs have been used in the last 10 years vs guns to commit mass murder in this country's schools?

    just say "hey i like my gun, its fun and i dont want to sacrifice it in order to lessen the likelihood of another mass shooting" i would respect this more than "hey crazies will find a way to kill, nothing to see here"

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  20. Apparently this fucking chuntaro motherfuckers must not own a tv watch news or just know about new york. To say new york is not a MAYOR drug hub and drug market is just stupid. I guess miami wasnt a drug hub either and the cocaine cowboys and griselda blanco was full shit. Nickey barns and frank lucas did not exist. Wow. Ignorant people

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  21. 2:15 I don'the know much about school bombings on the US, but a real famous one killed about 4 little girls in a church in Alabama, courtesy of the good people of the friendky local Ku-Klux-Klan Klavern
    Then the US states attorney and the loc State attorney could never find proof or reason to prosecute the known self confessed bombers unt a local boy grew up and prosecuted and convicted somebody, he is now the new Democrat Senator Doug Jones of Alabama,
    --for real school bombings of school children you can check the schools and hospitals bombed on the middle east blamed on rival Arabian religious political or terrorist sects that have no airplanes to bomb each other from...
    Of course, who cares about arabs, they only produce future refugees with all the oils they provide to the world, and in Mexico school kids get kidnapped all the time,
    but who cares either? They are not american...

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