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In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, Arely Vazquez Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant and transgender woman, is shown with her alter to La Sante Muerte at her Queens, NY apartment. La Santa Muerte, an underworld saint most recently associated with the violent drug trade in Mexico, now is spreading throughout the U.S. among a new group of followers ranging from immigrant small business owners to artists and gay activists. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

Underworld saint becoming more popular in US

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A follower in New Orleans built a public shrine in her honor. An actor in Albuquerque credits her with helping him land a role on the TV show "Breaking Bad." She turns up routinely along the U.S.-Mexico border at safe houses, and is sighted on dashboards of cars used to smuggle methamphetamine through the southwest desert.

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