A Drug Smuggler's Story
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -- Along the Mexican border, people generally try to avoid drug traffickers. We went looking for one.
With the help of a veteran journalist in Juarez, we meet Jose Lucio Hernandez, a former smuggler. Hernandez says he snuck drugs into Texas about 400 times by driving across the international port of entry between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.
It is impossible to verify everything he says, but his rap sheet confirms he was in the business. Hernandez was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after being busted on July 22, 2005 with 185 pounds of marijuana in El Paso. He boasts that he was good at what he did. Hernandez says he always made it across the border undetected. It was only when he lived in the United States that he got caught.
We meet Hernandez at a drug treatment center, where he was working as a volunteer. In his ballcap, polo shirt and blue jeans, Hernandez, 25, doesn’t look like the classic narco, the guy with a gold tooth and dark shades.
In the video, Hernandez says that he crossed the border daily. He would drive with dope right through U.S. immigration and customs. Agents often searched his car, looking for drugs in hidden cavities, but never found anything.
Hernandez laughs when asked if the government could ever stop drugs from entering the United States.
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