DPS Officials Warn Parents of Cartels Recruiting Teens

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:33am

The statistics don't lie.

The Texas border region takes up 9.7 percent of the state's population, but represents 19.2 percent of the state's juvenile felony drug referrals and 21.8% of the state's juvenile felony gang referrals.

Those numbers indicate that teenagers along Texas border towns have become prime recruits for Mexican drug cartels. The staggering statistics are part of the reason why the Texas Department of Public Safety recently release a warning to Texas parents.

DPS officials urge parents, especially those who live along the border, to talk to their children and explain how the cartels seek to exploit Texas teenagers and the risks involved in dealing with these ruthless organizations.

According to DPS, several cartels have established command and control networks in Texas, and are recruiting Texas students to support their smuggling operations on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection developed a project that seeks to educate high school students on the consequences and dangers linked to drug trafficking and cartel operations.

The project entitled "Operation Detour" operates as an educational campaign warning high school students of the consequences of becoming involved with drug trafficking.

The campaign uses strong visuals and video that are designed to both inform and scare teenagers away from the potentially making poor decisions. Operation Detour has only been under operation for two years but the goal of the project will be to diminish Texas teens from enter the world of narcotics.



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