Mexican Cartels Recruit through Newspaper
POSTED: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 7:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 2:10pm
It's the last place you'd think a drug cartel would advertise a job opening, the local newspaper.
But, Oscar Hagelsieb from the Department of Homeland Security says the cartels are hiring unsuspecting people to do jobs that sound legitimate.
"Drivers, people that are messengers and the selling page is that its an easy job a relatively high paying for for Mexico especially with the way the economy is rite now. The cartels are placing narcotics and contraband in these vehicles and these individuals have no idea that what they're doing is they're smuggling narcotics or contraband into the United States," Hagelsieb said.
Employees even get a car to use.
"Take this vehicle, use it for personal use. Go shopping, on the weekend take your family. This is done for a purpose, these individuals build a crossing pattern," Hagelsieb said.
This year alone, 25 people arrested in El Paso said that they answered these ads.
"Innocent people go looking for work and the cartels people take advantage of the fact that people right now need work. It's not fair for them," Hagelsieb said.
"They're arresting a lot of people that don't have anything to do with the drug war," Hagelsieb said.
The people who take these jobs have no idea that they're actually smuggling, which is a plus for Mexican cartels.
"They're less nervous when they're crossing the border. Nervousness is a characteristic that our inspectors use to notice if there is something wrong," Hagelsieb said.
Homeland Security says they recommend to find out if the business is legitimate because anyone caught could serve time in federal prison.