Mexico: Cartel house turned around
Mexican officials say a house once used by drug traffickers to hold kidnapping victims in the border city of Tijuana will be converted into a children’s club.
The facility will offer art workshops, computer classes and talks on addiction prevention for children in the rough neighborhood of Camino Verde, Social Development Department Secretary Heriberto Felix Guerra said in October 2011.
The new Boys and Girls Club is part of a federal government effort to provide social activities that pull children away from the temptations of organized crime, Guerra said.
Authorities seized the three-story building with eight bedrooms and bullet holes still visible in 2007 from members of the Arellano Felix cartel. The Associated Press
Mexican Social Development Department Secretary Heriberto Felix Guerra sits with a girl in Michoacan, Mexico.