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Drug seizures surge amid drop in border apprehensions in South Texas

May 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug seizures surge amid drop in border apprehensions in South Texas

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The large decrease in border apprehensions of foreigners illegally crossing the border resulted in a massive spike in drug seizures across multiple border sectors in South Texas.

Drug seizures carried out by Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have been significantly rising over the past few months.

According to Breitbart Texas, there has been a 177% increase in heroin seizures and a 129% growth in cocaine seizures. “The increase in drug activity comes at a time when apprehensions have declined in recent months,” officials said.

Heroin seized by CBP. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

“The alignment of policy and strategy has led to gains in reducing illicit cross-border activity in Texas, we must stay vigilant,” Manuel Padilla, Jr., the Commander of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas, announced in a statement. “Low apprehension numbers do not equate a quiet border. Criminal organizations continue to smuggle contraband and threaten border security.”

Padilla indicated that CBP and Border Patrol agents utilize a vast variety of technology, manpower, and other resources to affect the progress in drug seizures.

Those include high-tech inspection devices, K9 units for the detection of drugs and human smuggling cargo, and the use of intelligence information to target drug cartels.

CBP indicated that the increase in drug seizures transpired along the South Texas border from the Del Rio Sector to the Rio Grande Valley.

Cocaine seized by CBP. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Smugglers are further employing a variety of smuggling methods to import drugs into the U.S., which include hiding drugs in fuel tanks, hidden compartments, propane tanks, concealing drugs fruit and vegetable shipments, hiding drugs in candy bags, blending meth in milk and juice cartons, and even using young children to hide drugs.

“Our law enforcement partners are also working to get drugs off streets, and stopping them from coming into our country, but we can’t win alone,” Padilla added.

“The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in our communities and help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.”

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