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Teens and Duct Tape: Drug Smugglers' Latest Tactic

Part 2: Student Smugglers Viewed As 'Cool' By Peers

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Student Smugglers Viewed As 'Cool' By Peers

Sept. 17, 2009 | By Amy Isackson

Student Smugglers Viewed As 'Cool' By Peers

Federal officials have caught three times as many teenagers so far this year compared to last, trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with drugs duct-taped to their bodies. In the second part of this two-part series, KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson looks at how law enforcement is trying to deal with the problem which is complicated by a certain "cool factor."

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A teen is caught crossing the border with packages of illegal narcotics taped to his body.

Above: A teen is caught crossing the border with packages of illegal narcotics taped to his body.

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