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Mexican Cartels use TikTok to find human smugglers

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“I need drivers based in Texas. Only serious enquiries. Good pay: $10-20K USD in 3 hours. Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, San Marcos, TX, San Marcos, San Antonio, Austin, TX, Waco, TX, Temple, TX. Follow me and DM me if interested and if you have a car or truck. We will pay more if you have a trailer.”

The above is the type of messages and ads Mexican Cartels and human smugglers are posting on social media platforms such as TikTok to find help with their illegal activities. The new reporting comes from the Post Millennial, which found specific illegal migrant smugglers in Kinney County, Texas are using the platforms.

According to the Post Millennial, a border official showed an ad on TikTok, advertising smuggling jobs for the cartel, with a label that read: “Participating in this activity could result in you or others getting hurt.”

During the smuggling process, the cartel member in charge of the operation watches the live location of the smuggler and regularly checks in with them via WhatsApp, observing their drop location pin at a time, to circumvent the police receiving information from smugglers that are caught and arrested.

Foreign Desk News reports:

Border officials note that smugglers can post recruitment videos to employ American citizens to help in human smuggling on behalf of cartels. TikTok allows cartel recruiters to stay on the platform and organize human smuggling operations instead of taking them off the platform.

In counties like Kinney, police officials have prosecuted nearly 6,000 people for criminal trespass and 1,800 for human smuggling. Officials say allowing cartel recruiters to run rampant on social media platforms is extremely dangerous and irresponsible for Americans, illegal immigrants, and smugglers.

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$18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered $18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed in a press release on Monday, at approximately 6:47 a.m.,that CBP officers encountered a 44-year-old male driving a commercial tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested for squash. The driver, a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and shipment.

Non-intrusive scanning technology was utilized to conduct a full scan of the tractor trailer which showed irregularities and CBP officers requested a CBP human and narcotics detection canine. The canine team responded and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

A total of 1,419 packages concealed within the shipment of squash was discovered and extracted. The narcotics were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a total weight of 11,469 pounds with an estimated street value of $18,350,400.

“Our officers’ commitment to duty, excellence, and the safety of our nation is truly commendable. These results serve as an outstanding display of effectiveness in thwarting the illegal importation of narcotics,” stated Rosa E. Hernandez, Otay Mesa Area Port Director. “Their exceptional efforts truly embody the highest standards of service.”

The seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a holistic counter-fentanyl effort that began on October 26, 2023 in southern California, and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024, the CBP release reveals. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, and utilizes local CBP field assets augmented by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to boost resources, increase collaboration, and target the smuggling of fentanyl into the United States.

The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl.

 

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