Law enforcement officials from ICE and the San Diego Police Department have been proactively reaching out to teenagers, school administrators and parents to warn them about the dangers linked to drug smuggling amid unprecedented drug war violence. The meetings have included students from middle schools and high schools near the U.S./Mexico border, including several evening programs with their parents. Agents explain the stiff criminal penalties that can ruin their future and the dangers associated with this disturbing trend when teenagers are recruited to smuggle drugs strapped to their bodies and apprehended at local ports of entry.
Read the editorial at http://www3.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/oct/31/teen-smugglers/
photo: ICE agents doing anti-drug smuggling outreach at a high school in the San Diego area.