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Mexican Cartels Using Children to Smuggle Drugs into U.S.

9 May 2012

Children between the ages of 11 and 17 are being recruited by Mexico's drug cartels to smuggle narcotics and work as spies, the Mexican press reported Sunday, citing information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

The children are those of Mexicans, other Latin Americans and Americans, with some coming from both sides of the border.

The number of children from the United States being recruited by the cartels has risen since the second half of 2011 because they enjoy the benefit of citizenship.

They say cartels are recruiting children on the Tohono O'Odham nation Indian reservation in Southern Arizona to help push drugs. Cartels are paying children as young as 11 to pick up drugs stashed on the reservation, then bring them to Tucson.

One of theother places where recruiting increased in the past few months i
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Added: May-9-2012 Occurred On: May-9-2012
By: Arizona_Patriot
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