Raramuri have been sucked into narco culture

PRI – In the canyons of northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental reside some of the fastest runners in the world: the indigenous Tarahumara population, who call themselves the Raramuri.

This indigenous group excels in running competitions worldwide. But to the authorities, they’re becoming known for something else: Narco-traffickers have been exploiting them to smuggle drugs to the US. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of Raramuri arrested at the US-Mexico border doubled from 50 to 100 detainees.


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