Between 2002 and 2012, authorities in the United States arrested 2,143 women from Mexico for drug smuggling activities.
In Mexico, since the crackdown on the drug cartels began in 2006, police have arrested 46 women who were in leadership positions in the drug organizations.
Security officials on both sides of the border state that more women are entering the illegal drug trade due to the high casualty rate. Between 2007 and 2010, the number of females working for drug traffickers increased by over 400 percent.
Source: AFP, “Women on the rise in Mexican drug cartels,” Google News, May 27, 2012.