Ex-cartel house converted into kids club in Mexico

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Posted: Oct 13, 2011 8:52 PM
Ex-cartel house converted into kids club in Mexico

Mexican officials say a house once used by drug traffickers to hold kidnaping victims in the border city of Tijuana will be converted into a children's club.

Social Development Department Secretary Heriberto Felix says the facility will offer art workshops, computer classes and talks on addiction prevention for children in the rough neighborhood of Camino Verde.

Felix's statement Thursday says the new Boys and Girls Club is part of a federal government effort to provide social activities that pull children away from the temptations of organized crime.

Authorities say the three-story building with eight bedrooms and bullet holes still visible was seized in 2007 from members of the Arellano Felix cartel.