December 17, 2017

Texas Children Lured By Mexican Drug Cartels

In the past 12 months, 25 minors have been arrested in one Texas border county alone for shuttling drugs, acting as lookouts, or doing other work for organized Mexican drug gangs. The cartels are now spreading out, authorities say, and have operations in all major Texas cities.

The state of Texas is joining a program initiated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection called “Operation Detour,” in which law enforcement officers meet with children and their parents in schools and at community centers to warn them about the dangers of what appears to be the easy money the Mexican drug gangs offer.

Law enforcement officers say children are less likely to be suspects than adults, are easily manipulated by relatively small sums of money, and face less severe penalties than adults if arrested.  Read more

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