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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hard Drugs increase on Texas Border



SOUTH TEXAS – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) components have seen a significant increase in cocaine and heroin seizures throughout the region this year. From Del Rio to Brownsville, Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers are interdicting hard drugs at our ports and checkpoints.

The South Texas Corridor (STC) has seen a 177% increase in heroin and 129% increase in cocaine seized by agents and officers in the field. The increase in illicit drug activity comes at a time when apprehensions have declined in recent months.

As evident in recent seizures, smugglers are utilizing a variety of tactics to smuggle the contraband past law enforcement. Smugglers have been caught with drugs hidden in vehicle gas tanks, manufactured compartments, propane tanks, shipments of fruit and vegetables, stuffed in personal belongings, bags of candy, and even transported methamphetamine in liquid form inside milk and juice cartons.

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