Drug trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border isn't getting better.
These days, children are now walking across the border with crystal methamphetamine
in their backpacks or sometimes even between pages in their notebooks.
These children are paid to carry the drugs across the border. They normally
carry about 3 pounds and are given anywhere between 50 and 200 dollars
a trip. Motorists are even filling tequila bottles, gas tanks, and windshield
washer containers full of liquid methamphetamine.
Back in 2012, San Diego's San Ysidro border entry, which has about
40,000 cars and 25,000 pedestrians entering daily, counted for 40 percent
of drug seizures. This was three times more than the usual second highest
which is located five miles east of San Ysidro and five times more than
the usual third highest in Nogales, Arizona. Authorities confiscated 5,566
pounds of the illegal drug at San Ysidro back in 2012. Altogether, authorities
seized more than 13,195 pounds over the entire border.
After the United States started to crack down on the certain chemicals
used to make the drug, Mexico increased their production of methamphetamine.
It also shows Sinaloa cartel’s new hold on the prized Tijuana-San
Diego smuggling corridor. The Sinaloa cartel is the head cartel in Mexico
after 2008 turf war. The war caused numerous shootings, beheadings, and
bodies hanging from bridges before the Sinaloa won. In total, 844 murders
were reported as a result of the war. After the war was over and Sinaloa
had officially come out on top, the murder rate when down. In 2012, the
murder count was at 332 and next to none public displays of assault. Gary
Hill, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
in San Diego, said that, "The Sinaloa cartel, their presence here
has been strong enough to the point that no one is pushing back. They
just simply want to focus on making money and moving the dope across.”
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