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Uruguay: survey shows majority of teenagers want to be drug dealers.

Director Nacional de Policia del Uruguay Julio Guarteche denuncia que jóvenes quieren ser vendedores de drogas

Montevideo, Uruguay.- Household surveys and high school students revealed that young children want to be drug dealers when the role model before for the teenagers was footballers, doctors, firefighters or police officers, informed high ranked officers of the Ministry of Interior in the  uruguayan Senate.

“I recently took a survey that asked minors (below 18 years old) what they wanted to be when they become adults. The most repeated response was that they wanted to be drug traffickers. That’s very worrisome because the drug trafficker is seen as a role model ” said Monday the Director of the National Police Julio Guarteche in front of the Commission of Constitution and Legislation of the Senate.

During the session, the under secretary of the Ministry of Interior and former president of the National Board against Drugs, Jorge Vazquez informed that the Ministry of Interior “actually made several surveys, some in homes and some with high school students, and hence arose that information,” he said.

“Certainly at the end of this story we find that the most important tool of socialization of youngsters is the transmission of values ​​from parents to children,” said Director Guarteche.

Guarteche, who was head of the Directorate General for the Repression of Illicit Drug Trafficking for a decade, assured the parliament that “we conclude that we must all return to traditional family model, trying to strengthen it. What parents can do, nobody else can, however, in the most developed countries, the transmission of social values ​​that young people are getting are mainly from television, Internet and video games, “he said.

He recalled that there are countries in which parents talk with their children seven minutes per week and mothers 47.

“We prosecuted corrupt cops”

National Police director, Julio Guarteche, also said to the senate that one of his priorities “is clear” the police institution of corrupt cops.

Guarteche also said that in the world the biggest threat is the organized crime. “It’s like a locomotive that can only move on the rails of corruption. We are working to strengthen the Internal Affairs Department of the Police,” he said. Then added: “On many occasions we have prosecuted police officers involved” in drug trafficking.  Guarteche also pointed to another of the tools implemented in the police is the periodic and unannounced drug testing of the troops “at  any time a police officer may be called for a urine test,” he said.