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Drug cartels utilizing ‘disposable’ American teens as drug mules, Border agent says following $1M bust on Texas border

April 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug cartels utilizing ‘disposable’ American teens as drug mules, Border agent says following $1M bust on Texas border

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Border patrol officials say Mexican drug cartel are increasingly using American teens as “disposable” drug mules following the recent seizure close to 1,200 pounds of marijuana that was transported through the Texas border city of Brownsville. Texas

On February 22nd, Fort Brown border patrol agents spotted the vehicle speeding. A pursuit ensued and the driver lost control before ultimately flipping the vehicle near Brownville, a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed.

Inside the vehicle, 52 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,200 pounds, were discovered. The reported stress value of the drugs is $969,000, which was subsequently seized by the DEA.

“Juveniles in our community are exploited,” CBP agent in Charge Letisia Camarillo stated in the announcement. “Juveniles are viewed as cheap and disposable labor, a means for cartels to push their product.”

CBP officials said both the driver and the passenger have been identified as U.S. citizens, and it was also noted that the passenger is a minor.

“[Cartels] recruit to replace kids that are arrested and prosecuted,” Camarillo added. “It’s a horrific cycle, and we need to educate our children about the consequences.”

Both suspects are facing narcotics smuggling charges from the Cameron County district attorney’s office.

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