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DPS Warns Parents that the Mexican Cartels are Recruiting Texas High School Students

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Texas Department of Public Safety
October 17, 2011, 12:29pm
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Six of the seven Mexican Cartels have established command and control networks in Texas and they are recruiting Texas students to support their drug, human, currency and weapon smuggling operations on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border. These Cartels and their operatives are extremely violent, torturing and killing thousands of people in Mexico, and they use transnational and Texas prison gangs to further their criminal operations in Mexico and the U.S.

The Texas border region represents 9.7% of the state’s population, yet this region has 19.2% of the state’s Juvenile Felony drug referrals and 21.8% of the state’s Juvenile Felony Gang Referrals. In one Texas border county, more than 25 juveniles have been arrested for drug trafficking within the past year. Last month, two Texas teenagers were lured to Mexico where they were kidnapped, beaten, ransomed and released in a remote area along the Rio Grande River. Last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) apprehended a 12-year-old boy in a border county driving a stolen pickup truck containing more than 800 pounds of marijuana.

“Mexican Cartels have corrupted nearly an entire generation of youth living in Northern Mexico and they seek to corrupt our youth as well to further their smuggling operations” said Steven C. McCraw, DPS Director. “The Mexican Cartels value Texas teenagers for their ability to serve as expendable labor in many different roles and they have unlimited resources to recruit our children.”

Parents should talk to their children and explain how the Cartels seek to exploit Texas teenagers and the risks in dealing with these ruthless organizations, especially those parents who live along the Texas/Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection developed Operation Detour, an educational campaign warning high school students of the consequences of becoming involved with smuggling. Additional information regarding Operation Detour can be found at: .

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Wilson County  
October 20, 2011 1:37pm
Facts, who are these private security firms you keep referring to? Company names and websites would be helpful.

Country Chick  
Floresville, TX  
October 20, 2011 11:10am
OK FACTS ONLY, you just raised my blood pressure. Why don't you get out of your safe environment and go visit the ranchers along the Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona borders who are afraid of these predators coming across their ... More ›

Facts only please  
October 17, 2011 2:43pm
Again, follow the money on this article, who stands to gain from increased security along the border? There are more private security firms just waiting for tax payer's money to help out. How about declaring a mile wide DMZ ... More ›

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