Special Report:US Customs & Border Protection Marine Interdiction Agents Protecting Our Border
POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 9:06pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 9:07pm
With speed and armed agents on board this is the Midnight Express part of the US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Division.
John Marshall is a Supervisory Marine Interdiction Agent at the Brownsville Marine Unit in Port Isabel. He's one of the agents on the water keeping the US safe the along the Texas shoreline.
"Protection the nation's border from terrorist and weapons of mass destruction as well as people who enter our country illegally and smuggle narcotics."
Marshall says that smugglers will use bonga boats which are small Mexican fishing boats to smuggle in drugs and people in the US.
"Carry narcotics on the Gulf into the US and attempt to transfer to a US vessel or make landfall and upload to waiting vehicles or persons to pick up and bring it further in the US."
"The midnight express is equipped with four engines 900 horsepower this gives agents the best chance to run down drug smugglers and illegal immigrants."
"We have to have the speed to catch the bad guys if they outrun us we cant catch them so we have to have the speed, the proper vessel design to intercept the smugglers."
Marshall says when they intercept a boat the are prepared.
"At all times are agents are armed and we carry additional weapons in case we to go so in an incident, with also have long arms other than our side arms."
Marine Interdiction agents say they will continue to work hard protect our border from terror, drug smuggling, and illegal human smuggling.