Skip to comments.Mexican drug cartels recruiting Texas children (are called "the expendables")
Posted on 10/17/2011 5:09:03 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas law enforcement officials say several Mexican drug cartels are luring youngsters as young as 11 to work in their smuggling operations.
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told Reuters the drug gangs have a chilling name for the young Texans lured into their operations.
"They call them 'the expendables,'" he said.
McCraw said his investigators have evidence six Mexican drug gangs -- including the violent Zetas -- have "command and control centers" in Texas actively recruiting children for their operations, attracting them with what appears to be "easy money" for doing simple tasks.
"Cartels would pay kids $50 just for them to move a vehicle from one position to another position, which allows the cartel to keep it under surveillance to see if law enforcement has it under surveillance," he said. "Of course, once you're hooked up with them, there's consequences." McCraw said 25 minors have been arrested in one Texas border county alone in the past year for running drugs, acting as lookouts, or doing other work for organized Mexican drug gangs. The cartels are now fanning out, he said, and have operations in all major Texas cities.
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McCraw says the state of Texas is joining a program initiated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection called "Operation Detour," in which law enforcement officers meet with children and their parents in schools and at community centers to warn them about the dangers of what appears to be the easy money the Mexican drug gangs offer.
Law enforcement officers say children are less likely to be suspects than adults, are easily manipulated by relatively small sums of money, and face less severe penalties than adults if arrested.
Last month, Texas officials released a report indicating Mexico-based drug gangs are intent on creating a "sanitary zone" on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, and are "intimidating landowners" in south Texas into allowing them to use their property as "permanent bases" for drug smuggling activity.
these people sicken me
Interesting. That’s what the socialists and progressives think of the OWS useful idiots.
At least they won’t have HPV... wait...
B-b-b-b-but Incompetano declared the border to be safer than ever before in the history of the Universe!
Why are they surprised. Most of the Mexican kids are on this side of the border.
The Mexican drugs gangs are given weapons by the Obama Administration. The Obama Administration works to prevent law enforcement from arresting Mexicans illegally in the United States. In addition to narcotics dealing these gangs are involved in auto theft, prostitution, identity fraud and other crimes. They are making enormous profits and are armed and protected by the Obama Administration.
We are NOT winning this drug war, ever. We might as well legalize, grow it ourselves, undercut the Zetas price-wise, and hope we can just bankrupt them.
Everyone needs to warn their kids about this, the bad guys sucker these kids in by paying them a lot of money to do little errands, like pick up burgers for them at a fast food place on their lunch hour and drop them off somewhere for them- pay them $50 to a $100 or so to do it. Then after a time of doing these “innocent” errands for big bucks they are suckered into the bad stuff without knowing what is going on. I was present when a 14 year old was arrested with drugs in a vehicle and he was not a hardened gang type kid at all, it was very sad. They started suckering the kids in when their regulars were getting killed or quit due to the cartel war.
We`re rapidly losing our national sovereignty to a variety of factions.. in this case the cartels. I think the real reason for not enforcing the law against them is fear. They`re present in our communities and can make life miserable (or violent death likely) against anyone who challenges them.
They are not just targeting Mexican kids, they are targeting middle to upper class white kids thinking they will not get attention. They are also targeting some of our young, dumb military guys.
Everyone and I do mean everyone needs to have a heart to heart with their kids about this, it is very scary and very real.
Of course Perry is blaming the President just as the governor of Louisiana did during Hurricane Katrina. Why can't governor’s take responsibility for anything. Perry sure does not take responsibility for his failures. This was not a problem when President Bush was Governor of Texas. Bush = successful Governor.....Perry = failure Governor.
Coming to your State soon!
I think you know what I mean.
Don’t forget the Aryan Brotherhood has partnered with the Zeta’s.
The real reason the laws are not enforced against the cartels is money- lots of it spread around to grease the wheels. There is fear now, but the $$$ is the reason they were allowed to gain so much power on both sides of the border to begin with. When you hear about corrupt law enforcement and politicians bribed with dirty money it is only the tip of the iceberg and has been going on for years.
The other issue is Americans for many years- average folks and our leadership had this fairy tale in their heads about the hard working honest poor coming across illegally for a better life and no one wanted to believe that there was a hard core criminal enterprise coming in right with Juan and Jose Worker. When those of us living on the border tried to get the word out years ago that criminals were running rampant on the border because we would not enforce our laws no one wanted to believe us- we were just being racist. No one wanted to hear about units from the Mexican Army crossing the border- we were just crazy or making it up. Anytime you choose to not enforce laws, the bad guys take note and take advantage. While we were denying the problems the cartels were organizing and gaining control.
If the drug cartels ever team up with Islamic terror groups, we’re in big trouble.
Pretty sure it’s already happening. Throw in some Chavez and “voilà”!
There have been MS13 members captured with Muslim tattoos.
Here’s an article on it.
There have been MS13 members captured with Muslim tattoos.
Here’s an article on it.
It’s not just a border issue anymore. Every
major city in Texas has Mexican drug cartels conducting smuggling and distribution.
Please remember Reagan’s Commandment.
Please remember Reagans Commandment.
Absolutely. Reagan said not to say bad things about Republicans.....I don’t. I don’t consider Romney or Perry to be Republicans.....they are democrats/liberals who are pretending to be Republicans. This election is too important and that is why I am thrilled that Cain is winning.
Actually... Border enforcement is a federal responsibility not a state responsibility.
What a stupid thing to say. It is not the State of Texas’ job to secure the border, yet our State has spent over $400 million of our own tax dollars on just that. (along with relief for Rita and Katrina, our own Hurricane Ike, the wildfires and absorbing 1000 US citizens from other States, every day.
The real culprit is the Federal government, especially under Obama’s DOJ, DHS.
President Bush had at least utilized Section 287(g) to allow local law enforcement to detain and arrest illegals. These State and Local use of 287 (g) and other measures were reported as working in April, 2009.
The Obama administration’s Government Accounting agency released a report in March, 2009, that said the program wasn’t working and there was “racial profiling.” So the Obama Administration began to destroy that success in July ‘09,
making it nearly prohibitive with their regulations: they’ll only consider “serious crimes,” the local law agencies must prosecute all the way through the courts, with that expense and time - and jail over-crowding, and then, they still restrict county Sheriffs and city police access to the database that would allow them to check citizenship or status.
(BTW, learned about this from the Governor’s book, “Fed Up!”
At times it seems we are conducting it for the benefit of the dealers.
It is not the State of Texas job to secure the border
Perry has made that pretty clear. He like Obama likes to blame someone else. We already have one complainer.....WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER.
Our State has spent our own money, time and lives doing the job that is reserved to the Feds by the Constitution. Our Governor has led where the Feds have refused.
Governor Perry has been active in border security and controlling illegal immigration since early in his first term as Governor.
During his first Session of the Texas Legislature, he vetoed a bill that would have allowed illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses. (We got a law that prohibits them, this year. It takes a while when our Legislature only meets for 4 months every 2 years.)
Immediately after September 11, 2001 attacks on Washington, DC and New Yorks World Trade Center, the Governor helped coordinate the deployment of 530 National Guardsmen at airports all over the State. In November 2001, he added 133 more to the number of National Guards posted at 27 airports in Texas. http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/4233/
In October 1, 2001, Governor Perry announced the creation of the Governors Task Force on Homeland Security. http://governor.state.tx.us/news/executive-order/4440/
In June, 2002, the Governor announced that Texas would receive Federal grants for building border security facilities at the border crossings. These facilities would inspect trucks and other vehicles that cross from Mexico into Texas. (there were none before 2002). http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/10787/
In May, 2002, the Governor used funds from his own office to institute Counter Terrorism training at the Port of Houston and another separate program to train state and local law enforcement. http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/4322/
When the Texas Legislature refused to fund his program to implement a "virtual border" using camera surveillance to augment "boots on the ground," so he used money from the Governors discretionary fund. In some cases, local sheriffs and cities refused to cooperate and their opposition impeded full implementation of the program.
Look. He might have done a few things at the border and immigration. However, if he was serious he would follow Alabama and Arizona. He clearly is not serious about it. He talks a good game but you don’t hear Arizona or Alabama complaining....they take action, Perry does not....he would rather blame others. If Perry would act like the governor of Alabama than I would agree with you.
You forgot the sarcasm marker. It is already happening. Leave a door wide open and all sorts of creepy crawlies will come right in. Imagine that.
Perry nor the federal goverment have the answer. If we were to look into our past, we already had the answer. Commitees of Safety and militia. Nothing in more American than you and your neighbors loading up and hunting down druggies and gangs. And killing them legally.
That was only a short list of the Governor’s efforts from 2001 to 2005. There’s tons and tons more since:
In the meantime, the Feds are bringing illegals they catch in Arizona to Texas, to let them go across our border.
In addition to our new laws on voter ID and prohibiting illegals from getting drivers licenses, did you know that we have a new law that pushes the Feds to let us deport illegal aliens who are in our prisons here in Texas?
Yes, you do hear Alabama and Arizona “complaining,” if that’s fighting the lawsuits that the Feds are bringing against them.
We joined the effort to fight the Administration’s suit against Arizona.
We’ll most likely join Arizona’s counter-suit, too. That case is still at the injunction stage, and was only filed this month.
You live in Italy and are from Pennsylvania. What an expert on Texas you are. I’m glad you don’t live here, too.
Yeah right. I live in Maryland.....I don’t care if I am an expert on Texas. This fraud wants to be my President and I will do whatever I can to ensure that doesn’t happen.
You are a tad jacked up and irrational tonight. Need a nap? I do. Nite. :)
Good night. Can’t wait for the primary to be over......BTW, NAPSCOORDINATOR has nothing to do with taking a nap. However, it might be time for bed.
The Expendables - sounds like a great anti-drug gang movie title. Too bad Hollywood would be on the side of the killers....
YOO HOO,SENOR RICARDO, LISTEN UP Savage Mexican drugs gangs, La Familia and Los Zetas, are operating openly in Austin-—not far from the state house-—AND in Dallas......unimpeded by L/E.
We know from Fast and Furious reports that Mexican drug cartels were supplied weapons by the Obama Administration which is also working to prevent arrests of illegal Mexicans invading the US.
Besides setting up drug distribution from Texas-—the Zetas are a former Mexico military unit——ergo, the specter of reconquista comes into sharp focus.
The savage drug gangs are also involved in auto theft, prostitution, identity fraud and other crimes. They are making enormous profits and are armed and protected by the Obama Admin.
Millions of US tax dollars are going to these groups via “The Merida Inititrive” enacted by our spendthrift Congress-——ostensibley to “fight the drug wars.”
Clearly, the “drug wars” are a scam——manipulated by Mexico and the Third World to get their greedy hands on US tax dollars.
Invasions by the Third World are being orchestrated-—so that these govts have voting blocs to pressure Congress for more and more tax dollars.
ALL TRUE !!
Please remember the Constitution and sovereignty of the United States.
Do you think that the U.S. Justice Department, Secretary Napolitano and the ATF are under the jurisdiction of the President or the Governor of Texas?
Do you think Texas is the only state having problems with Mexican drug gangs and all other states have no problems at all? Do you think that the states have the legal right to enforce Federal Immigration law? What do you think the recent struggles in Arizona were about? The Obama Administration has gone to court many times to insist that states NOT do anything to enforce immigration laws that these are Federal responsibilities.
It seems you know nothing about “fast and furious” and the Obama Administration providing guns to Mexican drug gangs. Or maybe you think ATF is under the authority of the Governor of Texas.
Did you see Obama bragging about the great job his administration is doing on the border and how anyone who disagrees wants a “moat filled with alligators”? Maybe you agree with that.
Learn a little bit about what is really going on. And stop making excuses for the Obama Administration.
They're too stupid to realize that. ;-)
What I find amusing is how Rick Perry is living rent-free in some of these peoples' heads 24/7. It's fun to watch them foam at their mouths.
I'm for whoever can keep Romney from the nomination and subsequently defeat Obama. (Minus Paul or Huntsman, but they're not really factors...)
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