LAREDO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $1.8 million in cocaine and marijuana in three separate incidents recently, according to a news release from the agency.
The largest seizure occurred Feb. 17, at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a drug dog reacted to the odor of narcotics emanating from the rear rocker panel area of a 2007 Toyota Camry.
Officers found nearly 42 pounds of cocaine. A passenger in the car, Darrell Wayne Phillips, 43, of Clewiston, Fla., was arrested. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1.3 million.
On Feb. 15, at 6:40 p.m. at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge, an officer noticed discrepancies in the rear trunk area of a 1997 Ford Taurus driven by Luisa Valdez Cantu, 20, a resident alien from San Antonio. A drug dog pointed officers to 87 pounds of marijuana behind the rear seat. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $87,000.
On the same day, shortly after noon at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge, a drug dog alerted officers to nearly 13 pounds of cocaine in the engine area of a 1996 Chrysler Town and Country driven by a 22-year-old Mexican citizen. The cocaine has an estimated street valued of $412,000.
Interesting. All four wheelers trying to smuggle the crap! Imagine that! And in other news,
One right wing website reported on February 16, that 85 illegal aliens discovered hidden inside 4 separate tractor trailers making it sound as if the trucks were coming direct from Mexico with their illegal cargo. This method of reporting has become increasingly common as websites continue to try and make Mexico and it’s citizens, scapegoats for all out problems in the US.
What is the truth behind this claim?
The first group of 15 Mexicans was discovered at about 7 p.m. hiding inside the cab’s sleeper compartment. At about 8:30 p.m. a second group of 12 Mexicans and three Guatemalans was also found hiding in a tractor trailer’s sleeper cab. Just before 11 p.m. another tractor trailer was stopped, and 32 illegal aliens were discovered in the locked trailer with no means of escape. The last truck was stopped just a few minutes later, and 20 Mexicans, two Hondurans, and a Salvadoran were found also locked in the trailer. All those discovered inside the trailers appeared to be in good health; they declined medical attention.
Charges are pending against the four truck drivers that attempted to illegally smuggle these individuals. On Tuesday, all four drivers will appear before a federal magistrate to be formally charged.
Quite simply, these were American truckers, driving American rigs trying to make a quick buck on someone else’s misery.
How do I know this? Well, the rigs in question, as of Sunday afternoon, are still sitting in impound at the mm28 interior check station on I-35. (Photos above)
With the security procedures in place at our commercial border crossings, it is virtually impossible to successfully smuggle anything, drugs or humans across without getting caught. This is proven time and again the length of the border.
Drugs and humans come across in 4 wheelers, some successful, others not. They are brought across the border on foot and stored in safe houses until enough is put together for a load and some stupid dumbass American trucker is found looking to make a quick score. And believe me, there are plenty of them out there.
Border walls, border fences, the militarization of the border will not stop this. Perhaps the next President will understand this, ignore the whining of the anti- anything to do with Mexico crowd and give us a sane, logical and workable solution.