In the past, the Meth Messenger has brought to light various issues surrounding the use of illegal substances. Some subjects have been sad, some disgusting, some kind of funny, yet frustrating; but this is just plain scary!
Law enforcement officials in Texas towns adjacent to the Mexico border are finding a frightening trend. Drug cartels are recruiting Texas teenagers and pre-teens to transport drugs from point A to point B. Some of these kids are as young as 11 years old.
One of the most alarming aspects of this discovery is that cartels consider the kids expendable as they smuggle drugs across the border.
The attraction for the kids, of course, is the promise of easy money. They are being paid to move the drugs, often in stolen vehicles, all the while being monitored by authorities and/or the cartels.
Naturally, the cartels want to know if the shipments are being watched by law enforcement authorities and this is the most expeditious way to do just that.
Another reason cartels are targeting children is that they know kids are generally less suspicious than adults and if caught, penalties and fines are considerably less. In a recent case a 12-year-old was caught transporting 800 pounds of pot.
The bad news for the kids is that once they’re involved, there’s no going back. Dire consequences await anyone who tries to leave the cartel or quit running drugs.
In order to combat this growing problem, Texas border law enforcement officials have joined with the Customs and Border Patrol agents to attend high school and community events in an effort to educate students and their parents on the increasing concern and alert them to possible student safety hazards.
Could this happen in Arizona? It’s quite possible, though at this date there has been no local publicity on the issue.
Getting the word out to the public in advance of an increasing possibility, however, is a good thing.
If anyone has any suspicions that this type of activity is occurring, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
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For questions or more information on the Gila County Meth Coalition, contact chair, Claudia DalMolin at the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, (928) 425-4440; co-chair Bianca DalMolin, (928) 701-1790; facilitator, Misty Cisneros, (928) 425-1879; or media liaison, Lu DuBois, (928) 425-4440.