Authorities: Drug Cartels Recruiting Texas Students

Just last week in a border county officers caught a 12-year-old boy driving a stolen pick up truck with more than 800 pounds of marijuana, MyFoxHouston reports.

Public Safety officials in Texas are warning parents about a disturbing new trend. Drug cartels are seeking younger and younger recruits within Texas schools, MyFoxHouston reports.

Six of the seven Mexican cartels have reportedly established command and control networks in Texas.

“The cartel influence is here,” Duane Steen, regional commander for the Texas Department of Public Safety told MyFoxHouston.

Several incidents within the past 30 days prompted DPS to issue the warning, but offcials say the threat began a few years ago.

Elisabeth Mandala left a Texas public high school for Mexico last May where she wound up beaten to death in a pick up truck along with two men carrying fake identification. It’s believed the violent drug cartels recruited Mandala to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border.


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