The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that hundreds of pounds of cocaine were seized shortly after drug smugglers were able to sneak it across the border in an area without a wall, fence, or physical barrier.
“Customs and Border Protection said the suspects were seen loading ‘bundles of narcotics’ into an off-road-style utility vehicle outside of Garciasville, a city in Texas up against the river. The suspects, apparently aware they had been seen, were able to ‘abruptly’ drive the vehicle into the river and escape into Mexico, CBP said,” as a Washington Examiner op-ed reports.
“705 lbs. of cocaine, caltrops, evidence of sophisticated counter surveillance and a splashdown in one encounter are an obvious reminder of the need for more personnel, technology, and infrastructure in the Rio Grande Valley,” acting Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz said as the Washington Examiner reports. “Transnational Criminal Organizations continue to exploit areas along our western corridor that accounts for more than 90 percent of our traffic.”
According to the report, the 705 pounds carries an estimated value of $22.5 million.
The Daily Wire reports, “The incident comes as the Democratic Party has tried to claim in recent weeks that drugs do not come across the border, and only enter through ports of entry.”
Rep. Matt Cartwright, co-chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, recently said that building walls would not be helpful to stemming the tide of narcotics entering the U.S.
“The first thing to focus on are the ports of entry where all the drugs are coming through or the tunnels,” Cartwright said. “This is why we’ve increased Customs and Border Protection because this is how you stop the entry of this stuff, not by building walls in places where goats don’t even climb and people don’t travel.”
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Conversely, President Trump often says the only way to stop the influx of illegal drugs, crime, and human trafficking from entering the U.S., is with the construction of a border wall.
“The only way to stop drugs, gangs, human trafficking, criminal elements and much else from coming into our Country is with a Wall or Barrier,” Trump tweeted last month. “Drones and all of the rest are wonderful and lots of fun, but it is only a good old fashioned Wall that works!”
“The Democrats could solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time. All they have to do is approve REAL Border Security (including a Wall), something which everyone, other than drug dealers, human traffickers and criminals, want very badly!” Trump said in another tweet earlier this month. “This would be so easy to do!”