Increase of Drug Smuggling at Border Crossings

POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2009 - 10:41am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

We’re only in February and already Customs and Border Protection officers have seized over $20 million dollars worth of narcotics.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have been busy lately using several tools to apprehend suspected drug smugglers. The most recent bust was Tuesday when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized close to 600 pounds of cocaine valued at $18 million dollars at the Veterans Bridge. The cocaine was found inside a truck hauling cantera stone blocks.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says there is a tremendous increase from past years with the amount of drugs that smugglers are trying to get into the country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they have the latest technology and highly trained employees to stop these drugs from coming in.

So far this year at Brownsville port of entries , Customs says they have found between 1,500 to 2,000 pounds of narcotics.

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