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DPS Urges Students On Spring Break To Avoid Mexico

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A member of the Special Force of Guanajuato State, stands guard near the entrance of the Alondiga de Granaditas square, in Guanajuato, Mexico. (credit: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

A member of the Special Force of Guanajuato State, stands guard near the entrance of the Alondiga de Granaditas square, in Guanajuato, Mexico. (credit: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Department of Public Safety is advising students on spring break to avoid drug violence-plagued Mexico.

A DPS statement Tuesday cited the continued violence and also urged boaters to stay on the U.S. side of Falcon Lake.

A U.S. drug agent was shot and killed February 15 in Mexico. The victim was Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata.

A missionary, Nancy Davis, was fatally shot on Jan. 26 in Mexico.

David Hartley was fatally shot on Sept. 30 while sightseeing on Falcon Lake.

DPS Director Steven McCraw says while drug cartel violence is most severe in northern Mexico, it’s prominent in other parts of the country, including resort areas such as Cancun and Acapulco.

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