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May 19th, 2009
08:29 PM ET

Kidnappings, Violence, Drug Cartels in the U.S.

One U.S. city has had more than one reported kidnapping every day since 2007. It’s the kidnapping capital of America – just part of the fallout from Mexican drug cartels extending their reach into U.S. cities and towns. has put together a fascinating spread that gives us all new insight into this huge problem, its perpetrators and its victims. Eliott McLaughlin, reporting from Phoenix, also got tape of kidnappers’ phone call to the wife of a hostage. You can hear the hostage scream. (It’s not blood-curdling, but it is a scream. We warn you when that’s coming, so if you want to hit mute for those few seconds, go for it.)

Here’s our conversation with Eliott about kidnappings, violence, drug cartels – and the underground operations in cities and towns all over the country. We even show you how to learn about what’s happening in your city.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. J. DeFazio

    Why does CNN report the news in a cheap tabloid format with programs like ISSUES, or Nancy Grace?

    May 20, 2009 at 5:10 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    why are these people so cruel to there own kind there no better then alkiada they should not be labeld as cartel but as terroist all i can say is lets get them before they get us.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  3. warren

    not suprising our government cant secure our borders yet they can listen to your phone calls our county is going down the tubes thanks obama your worthless

    May 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  4. mmorales

    when he was in office,mr. chaney was not friendly to the media, never gave much "talk", so why is the media so intent in giving him air time when many of us are not interested in what he has to say now? you guys never asked the hard ?s then but are now ramming him down our throats.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  5. Andrew Chawke

    What to do with the Gitmo Terrorists who President Obama agreed cannot be prosecuted or released. Might I suggest we drop them off in a small boat in the Gulf of Aden and let Special Op.s take care of them!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |

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