Texas has long been in the forefront of international drug trafficking in North America. For decades, men have dominated this drug trade between the United States and Latin America, but authorities increasingly discover women contributing to this illegal commerce. Additionally, the family-oriented nature of many criminal drug enterprises has created openings for female family members to take leading roles.
Allegedly high-ranking female cartel member
Federal authorities in North Texas claim to have in custody a 41-year-old woman accused of distributing many kilograms of cocaine in the region. Prosecutors allege that she conspired with narcotics traffickers in Mexico and held the number two position in an international crime organization. Investigators further claim that she has close ties with the Mexican Mafia. According to court documents, she ordered the kidnapping and beating of two drug couriers through her mafia connections.
More opportunities for female drug traffickers
Two specific forces have contributed to the increase in female participation in the drug trade. The overall social progress made by women throughout the economy has spilled over into criminal activity.
Secondly, law enforcement has traditionally focused on men due to the overwhelmingly male domination of criminal drug activity. Because women were traditionally seen as not involved, especially at a high level, police tended to overlook them. This situation initially made it easier for women to move drugs without detection.
Gender provides no defense
Whether you are a man or woman will play little role in the processing of your criminal case. Anyone who is facing felony drug charges needs to plan a strategic response to accusations. As with all criminal cases, your defense relies on casting doubt on the accuracy of evidence or the lawfulness of its collection.