Texas Department of Public Safety officials urge parents to talk to their children about the dangers of Mexican drug cartels and warn the cartels are actively recruiting youths on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border.
A 12-year-old boy was apprehended in a border county earlier this month when officials caught him driving a stolen pickup truck that contained more than 800 pounds of marijuana. Last month two Texas teens were lured to Mexico where they were kidnapped, beaten and ransomed before being released in a remote area, state officials sad.
State officials say more than 25 youths have been arrested for drug trafficking with in the past year in one Texas border county alone.
“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” DPS director Steven C. McCraw said in a news release. “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."