The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning today to state residents that didn't sound at all alarming; it just mentioned that "the Mexican Cartels are Recruiting Texas High School Students."
Yes, those innocent kids you blithely send off to high school each day might be targeted by cartel members lingering around the library!
"Mexican Cartels have corrupted nearly an entire generation of youth living in Northern Mexico and they seek to corrupt our youth as well to further their smuggling operations," said DPS director Steven McCraw. "The Mexican Cartels value Texas teenagers for their ability to serve as expendable labor in many different roles and they have unlimited resources to recruit our children."
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The problem is especially acute, of course, on the border, DPS says.
"In one Texas border county, more than 25 juveniles have been arrested for drug trafficking within the past year," the agency said. "Last month, two Texas teenagers were lured to Mexico where they were kidnapped, beaten, ransomed and released in a remote area along the Rio Grande River. Last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) apprehended a 12-year-old boy in a border county driving a stolen pickup truck containing more than 800 pounds of marijuana."
That is, of course, horrible, but the whole announcement had more than a note of "the Commies are coming for your kids!" to it.
DPS did have some advice: "Parents should talk to their children and explain how the Cartels seek to exploit Texas teenagers and the risks in dealing with these ruthless organizations, especially those parents who live along the Texas/Mexico border."