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Drug Dealers using Kids

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 12:36 AM
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 http://www.kvoa.com/news/teens-used-as-drug-smugglers-near-the-border/

Teens used as drug smugglers near the border

Near the border, police have seen recent cases of drug dealers using other people to transport loads into the country. Some of those human transports or "drug mules" are teenagers, and they are easily tempted to take on the job.

With pounds of pot strapped to their bodies, some teens cross the border thinking they've got nothing to lose.

"The smugglers try to recruit these young people by promising first of all the payment of large sums of money, and secondly, the small likelihood of being caught," Cochise County Attorney Edward Rheinheimer said.

When they do get caught, the punishment is often minor. So why not impose tougher laws on teen smugglers?

"There's a very fine line sometimes between a consequence that's enough to get their attention...and a consequence that's too harsh and turns the juvenile against the system," Rheinheimer said.

School administrators say the drugs don't often make it on campus. While they realize the issue still has an impact on their students, they're having trouble finding the right solution.

"It's hard to say that, no we don't or yes we do, or here's exactly what we do because each case is different and our counselors and our school administrators are challenged in trying to find what's an appropriate response to this particular set of circumstances," Douglas School District Superintendent Earl Petit said.

Even if the drugs do not always make it through school gates, students say the temptation to smuggle them is a reality.

"It's like seriously, casually every day, for like a lot of students, and everybody in Douglas High School and in town to smuggle drugs, tape them to their legs, have a backpack full of it," Douglas High School student Alek Irey said.

Different forces say they are working to stop teen smuggling in Cochise County, but according to some, the missing piece is cooperation.

"I know that there's an effort to bring things together, to bring agencies together," Petit said. "The reality is that's a very difficult challenge."

Rheinheimer said that drug dealers also target other vulnerable groups when attempting to pass drugs through the border. In the past they have tried using elderly people, single women, and even pregnant women to send drugs into the country.

Rheinheimer also said that while marijuana is the most common drug found in these cases, there have also been examples of methamphetamine and cocaine smuggling across the border

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by on May. 2, 2010 at 12:45 AM


But it's just grass, man...

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