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More Women Arrested for Trafficking Drugs

La Voz Arizona, Posted: Jul 13, 2009

PHOENIX -- The U.S. Customs and Border Control reported an increase in the number of women arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States, reports La Voz Arizona. Authorities in Yuma, Ariz., say the number of women arrested for drug trafficking has been gradually rising each year, with its most significant increase during the first half of 2009. In 2006, 208 women were arrested for drug smuggling at Arizona ports of entry, compared to 313 women arrested so far this year. The number of women arrested for this crime is still lower compared to men. However, the rapid increase has attracted authorities' attention. According to the Mexican consulate, many women describe a similar story of being seduced, deceived, and then asked to carry the shipment across the border. About half of the women said they knew what they were carrying in the vehicle.


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