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Smuggling by Mexican cartels surges near Texas Border

January 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Smuggling by Mexican cartels surges near Texas Border

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Mexican cartels that work in the border city of Piedras Negras in the state of Coahuila have ramped up their drug and human smuggling activities since the new year.

The rise in crime has been reflected in the number of seizures that have been made by state officials where drug cartels have used large shipping trucks and passenger buses to conceal their trafficking activities.

The border between Texas and Coahuila has been a critical crossing area utilized by the Los Zetas Cartel due to the lack of physical boundaries and a decreased law enforcement presence in Texas.

Drug smugglers have employed passenger vehicles, large trucks, and passenger buses to transport product into Piedras Negras. Once they arrive, the traffickers conceal their wares in stash houses until the smugglers can move their merchandise into Texas.

Since the start of the new year, state and federal authorities have begun establishing checkpoints across the various highways that lead to the city, Breitbart Texas reported.

The security checkpoints have been established with the intent of stopping the shipping routes into the border region, and on to Eagle Pass, Texas.

Authorities have seized marijuana, meth, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs concealed in the various vehicles linked to Mexican cartels.

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