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Salvadorian Held in Muslim Girl's Murder:   A 22-year-old immigrant from El Salvador was arrested Sunday for the murder of a 17-year-old Muslim girl in northern Virginia.  of the Washington Post report that the victim and a group of friends were walking to a Mosque Sunday morning when police say that a member of the group on a bicycle had an encounter with a motorist who exited his car and chased them with a baseball bat.  The first person he caught up to was Nabra Hassanen.  Her body was later found in a nearby pond. She had been beaten to death. The car and the suspect's description led police to Darwin Martinez.  While the Post neglected to mention it, the Associated Press and Fox News have reported that ICE has placed a detainer on Martinez for entering the country illegally.  

Huge Fentanyl Bust in San Diego:  Federal agents seized nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl from a car and a house in San Diego County on Monday. David Hernandez of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that this was the largest amount of the powerful synthetic drug ever seized in the U.S.  Three people have been indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute.  Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and even trace amounts can be fatal.  DEA investigators believe that the drugs were produced in Mexico and smuggled across the border for sale in the U.S.  According to the New York Times, the annual increase in fatal drug overdoses recorded last year was the highest in U.S. history.

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