Drugs pour in from Mexico – Border Patrol forced to focus on migrants
Normally, vehicles attempting to traverse those counties would have to pass a sniff test by a K-9 officer, and the legal status of the occupants would be checked. But since the checkpoints closed on March 25, drug runners can move product up and down the open roads.
“The foot traffic over there is unbelievable — coming through with backpacks and all that stuff,” Sheriff David Black of Otero County said about Hidalgo and Doña Ana counties. “Here, we have El Paso. Not a lot of foot traffic coming through all sort of vehicles … there’s a small part of Texas that’s between the Mexico and our border … Most of [the drugs are] concealed in vehicles, in tires, gas tanks, stuff like that.”
The two checkpoints in his county caught $12.7 million worth of drugs in 2018.
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