WATCH: Residents reluctant to accept $5 million DEA reward for drug cartel arrests



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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 20 at 11:15 AM

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The US government is offering millions of dollars in rewards for information leading to the arrest of their 10 biggest traffickers within Mexico's drug cartels.

KVUE's Angela Kocherga reports
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In fact, the DEA has set up a hotline for anonymous tips in Houston, but many residents are reluctant to get that reward - even though the bounty is as high as $5 million per suspect.

One man said the money might encourage some people to offer an anonymous tip, but quickly added that he would not do it.

Others say that claiming the reward would be like selling your life.

But without help, the cartels will only continue to grow. As the US government targets on the Gulf Cartel and Zetas, a newly named group is terrorizing the border city of Juarez. They are known as Los Linces, which means The Lynxes.

According to Mexican officials, the Juarez hit squads, such as the Gulf Cartel's Zetas, include former members of Mexico's Special Forces.

The Mexican military is now coping with urban warfare where small bands of rival hit men roam the streets. They strike with precision and then disappear into Juarez.

The people who live there say they feel threatened by the armed men they see on the streets, but are too afraid to report anything to authorities.