Santa Muerte more common on US side of border
Law enforcement say: popular icon being used by the drug traffickers.
Laredo — The Associated Press is reporting; To many, she's a false idol, a fake saint, even the devil herself. In recent years, Santa Muerte has become a figure to whom Mexican drug traffickers and other outlaws prayed.
A federal marshal says shrines to the skeletal "Holy Death" are a growing presence, not just along the U.S.-Mexico border but throughout the United States.
U.S. Marshal Robert R. Almonte of El Paso tells the Laredo Morning Times "she is the most popular icon being used by the drug traffickers."
Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza says images of the figure nicknamed "La Flaquita," or "the skinny little
girl," have become so commonplace that candles are sold in Laredo supermarkets showing the dark, robed figure standing behind a police officer. On top is the message: "Law stay away!"