Report: Drug cartels recruiting American teens

Film 'Operation Detour 2' looks beyond the border

Published On: Feb 26 2013 04:51:43 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 26 2013 05:54:31 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

Still in post-production for release in March, the sequel to the first Operation Detour film reinforces the warning drug cartels often recruit American teenagers.

But filmmaker Rusty Fleming said Operation Detour 2 will show the risk is not limited to the border anymore.

“You really don’t know where it’s at, but it could be anywhere in America and that’s the point,” Fleming said.

Fleming first produced Operation Detour when he was contacted a few years ago by U.S. Border Patrol after more young people in Del Rio and Eagle Pass were being arrested with drug loads.

However, Fleming said state and federal law enforcement who are interviewed in the film, describe how drug cartels are now in every major American city.

“They need to build up a network of employees,” Fleming said. “They want their operatives to blend in like any other 15- or 16-year-old kid.”

Fleming said he had a talented cast of young people portraying cartel gang members and those who easily fall into their grip.

“Kids don’t understand the consequences and that’s truly what we try to bring out,” Fleming said. “Of course, they’re not going to be told by the drug dealers.”

He said the film based on real events, warns there are only two options, prison or death.

“There is no ex-drug lord retirement home,” Fleming said in the film.

Fleming said after the release of the first Operation Detour he decided to target a much younger audience.

“Many times it was too late. We needed to reach these kids when they’re still 12-, 13-years-old,” Fleming said.

But he also encourages parents to closely watch the film.

Fleming said, “They can pick up on the things that maybe their child is doing and they don’t know about it.”

He said he will make Operation Detour 2 available to schools, and once he finalizes the details, Fleming plans to show the film in San Antonio next month.