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Thursday, March 28, 2013

More Americans Busted Crossing the Border

More drugs cross the U.S.- Mexico border than perhaps any other border in the world. Mexican drug cartels transporting marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin into the United States is a major issue that has been next to impossible to effectively combat. However, a new report has found that eighty percent of Border Patrol drug arrests in recent years actually involved American citizens. These findings go against the public opinion that most drug couriers are Mexican, according to ABC News.

75 percent of people detained with drugs along the U.S.-Mexican border were U.S. citizens and 80 percent of drug busts involved at least one U.S. citizen, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Marijuana accounted for 95 percent of drugs seized by Border Patrol in 2011, the report found. 

“There’s no argument that Mexico-based crime organizations dominate drug smuggling into the United States. But the public message that the Border Patrol has trumpeted for much of the last decade, mainly through press releases about its seizures, has emphasized Mexican drug couriers, or mules, as those largely responsible for transporting drugs,” CIR stated.

Records for 81,261 drug seizures between 2005 and 2011 were examined by researchers. In about half of the cases the Border Patrol did not catch anyone and the drugs were abandoned. Of the arrests made in more than 40,000 drug seizures, a U.S. citizen was involved in 80 percent of cases.


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