War on drugs waged in Mexican newspapers
Cartels using classified ads to smuggle drugs
- Duration 4:50
- Date Apr 13, 2012
Cartels using classified ads to smuggle drugs
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A new tactic by the United States in the drug war south of our border and it includes.
Which is -- Carter -- and Julie you have more on this -- news -- Yet that's right smugglers have long advertised work as security guards house cleaners and cashier is telling applicants they must drive company cars.
To the United States but what they are telling those job seekers that cars are actually loaded with drugs.
So to -- the cartels US immigration and customs and enforcement are taking out their own ads.
In Tijuana newspaper since starting this week the crowds will warn readers.
They might be unwitting pawns according to ice since February 2011 there have been 39 arrests at -- Diego's two border crossings.
Tied to these ads there has also.
Been a spike in teenagers apparently strapping drugs to their bodies to walk across the border from Tijuana into the San Diego area.
The war on drugs getting more tricky.
While you consider the alarming number of drug related deaths on the Mexican border consider this every half hour one person is killed in Mexico.
-- the drug related violence -- every half hour by the end of our show for.
Alarming he can out.
Very interesting statistic Juli thank you very much for national talk a little bit more about this with another Julie Julie Myers what is former head of immigration and customs enforcement.
He's us of the current president of immigration and custom solutions thanks have you back with this -- Now thanks for having me you know we asked ice who just curious how -- is this cost to put classifies in the Paper and and warn people in the public about you know with spying to -- that require them to drive across the border they -- it cost him about 18100 dollars are gonna rent to midsize ads for thirty days you think it's worth the money.
Absolutely you know that's less than the cost of one clown to entertain TSA employees so that.
A very little amounts and it didn't deter you know even one individual.
From unwittingly smuggling drugs across the border and in the US having -- -- our resources prosecuting this individual putting him in jail but it's worth it.
It's interesting you bring us back -- -- top -- GSA -- -- good perspective their Julie.
If some people in Mexico say listen just -- warning people that's not enough because he needs that.
He didn't show them how they can watch out for these bad guys that actually they want the niceties and do more as far as education do you think we should take -- a step further.
-- -- classified ads.
Well I think he -- really tell people you know.
Buyer beware if it looks too good to be true it probably is and I think that's doing a lot I think the Mexican government also has a responsibility.
To do this same sort of -- -- people out here being paid a lot of money to do something -- out of the ordinary there's probably some reason.
And you know as long as there -- cars there been people smuggling drugs in their cars across the border so this is a long standing problem.
And I think I should be applauded for trying to look and see can we prevent some of these folks win it is an innocent misunderstanding.
Name -- yourself is there that we've seen these cars and we've seen this technique going across them the border with drugs inside them year after year again and it it feels sometimes like a losing battle.
-- how do least.
How do least you know stay a step ahead here is even possible.
To do that in -- more you know -- -- of being reactive to what's happening be more proactive.
-- absolutely and the US government -- -- focus not just on the careers.
But on how can they break down the top leadership of the court -- -- house.
How can they make it's so difficult for them to smuggle drugs into the United States and operate in the united states -- they would stop.
And I think the US has made some good progress but when you talk about the violence that we're seeing now you talk about the -- that we're seeing and you talk about the drugs that have infiltrated this country.
You know it's not enough and so I think looking at the Mexican Kart track the cartels the way we looked -- Italian organized crime might be one model for US law enforcement to adopt.
It tickets a few steps into that in using -- using that model because it that that gives a sensitive compared you know what -- -- -- be doing that we did let's say with the mafia and organized crimes in a place like New York City.
That we should be doing when it comes at the cartels a place like Mexico City.
A wealth -- organized crime on the Italian side what the government did is it.
Really got all of -- All of DOJ involved and -- task forces that really attacked the top leadership and they went after them aggressively year after year after year -- made significant arrests.
Until they really broke down a number of the Italian families who are no longer kind of exact we need that's sort of sustained attack and prosecutions and indictments.
On the drug cartel side.
Those -- and -- is going to be top priority for all the US attorney's offices around the country they can't just be relegated down into some narcotics unit that doesn't attract the top -- the best and the brightest -- -- -- as you point out some of those top leaders are probably not reading the classified sections in the newspaper those assembled the smaller level guys you gotta go after the bigger ones as well.
I Julie we look for to have -- back thanks again for joining its life.