Sunday, July 17, 2011
Mexican gangs use teen smugglers
LAS CRUCES New Mexico - One evening in January, Border Patrol agents using night-vision equipment spotted five Mexican citizens, led by a diminutive guide, picking their way across the rocky desert in Sunland Park.
After Border Patrol agents rounded up the group, they learned the guide was a 12-year-old girl.
After she was prosecuted for juvenile delinquency in federal court and finished her eight-day sentence, the girl, now 13, reappeared one May morning leading three illegal immigrants across the border in the Mount Cristo Rey area of Sunland Park. She was accompanied by a 15-year-old boy, and the pair remain in federal custody, according to a Border Patrol official.
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