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The Source: American Teens Kill For Los Zetas Cartel in Dan Slater's 'Wolf Boys'

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David Martin Davies
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TPR News

"Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel" tells the harrowing true story of tow teens from Laredo, texas, recruited as hit men for Los Zetas cartel. By their own accounts, together they killed more than 50 people as Zetas assassins before their arrests in 2009.

What's it like to be an employee of a global drug trafficking organization? And how does a 15-year-old American boy go from star quarterback to trained assassin, surging up the cartel corporate ladder? 

Former Wall Street Journal reporter and "Wolf Boys" author Dan Slater heard about Gabriel Cardona and Rosalio Reta in the press, and wrote to them in prison in an attempt to understand the "allure of cartel logic." They wrote back. 

Guest: 

Dan Slater, author of "Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel"