What Does A Drug Runner Look Like?

by Chris Bodenner

According to a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), “three out of four people found with drugs by the border agency are U.S. citizens.” But you wouldn’t know that by reading the press releases from the Border Patrol:

Of nearly 2,000 press releases from the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, between 2005 and 2011 that mentioned a drug-trafficking suspect, 38 percent noted a Mexican national had been arrested. U.S. citizens, meanwhile, were mentioned roughly 30 percent of the time, even though they represent a much higher percentage of those busted, according to the analysis.

Robert Beckhusen highlights one reason so many Americans get involved in drug running:

The CIR interviewed one former trafficker who said the cartels seek out U.S. citizens — particularly of middle-age — because they’re less likely to draw suspicion.

Jackie Brown fit that bill nicely.