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Oct 29, 2010 8:57 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Arizona beheading believed linked to Mexican drug cartels

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - The case of a man who was beheaded has police investigating whether the killing is potentially the most extreme example of Mexican drug cartel violence spilling over the border.

The body was found Oct. 10 in a Chandler apartment. One man suspected in the killing has been arrested, and a manhunt is under way for three others.

Detectives are focused on whether the men belong to a Mexican drug cartel, and they suspect that the killing was punishment for stealing drugs.

Investigators say that the brutal nature of the killing could be designed to send a message to others within the cartel.

Arizona enacted a strict law to stop illegal immigration, after decades of the federal government failing to protect the border.

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