New report reveals large number of U.S. citizens involved in border drug trafficking
According to a recent analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting, 4 out of 5 border drug smuggling busts involve United States citizens. The report detailed the large amount of U.S. citizens involved in bringing narcotics over the U.S.-Mexico border. The busts often include multiple persons, which may include multiple U.S. citizens or only one in a group of foreign nationals. Three times as many U.S. citizens were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol with narcotics in 2011, compared to 2005. The number of Americans apprehended on narcotic related charges near the border has risen every year since 2005. Exact numbers for 2012 have yet to be released.
According to the March 26th report by the Center for Investigative Reporting, only 38% of recent U.S. Border Patrol press releases mentioned the arrest of a Mexican national. That figure was taken from nearly 2,000 press releases between 2005 to 2011.
U.S. citizens have increasingly been arrested in Mexico on drug trafficking charges as well. Those arrested have not only included drug runners but also high ranking cartel members like Edgar "La Barbie" Villarreal. La Barbie was born and raised in Texas, but was arrested in 2010 while running a major organized crime cell in southern Mexico.
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