Border Patrol Agents Using Tonto’s SkillsMay 13th, 2009 by Rick
No longer are U.S. Border Patrol agents merely driving along the 2,000 mile long Mexican border searching for suspicious vehicles, looking to smuggle drugs into the United States. With the building of new fences and the utilization of high-tech devices and because of the new initiative taken by both countries to seriously put a dent in drug cartel operation, drug smugglers have had to change tactics in moving their product.
One possible drop point, among many, is Interstate 10, near the New Mexico/Arizona border, which is only accessible by hiking over 75 miles of Rocky Mountain terrain and dry valleys — a trek that would take five to seven days. Using the same tracking skills as the Native Americans once used, agents can look at the depth of the footprint impressions and figure out approximately how much weight a smuggler is carrying, where they crossed and ultimately where they may be going.
For the past six months, the U.S. Border Patrol has seized 1.3 million pounds of marijuana — nearly equal to the entire seizure amount from last year. Clearly, the tactics and technology used by the U.S. Border Patrol is working but the drug cartels, have always rolled with the punches, coming up with new ways of staying alive and pushing weight into this country. Over a million pounds is an impressive number, but it leaves you wondering, just how much actually made it through?
It’s rather sad that a plant that can be grown in any country, indoors or outdoors is constantly being brought into this country, bringing with it; gangs, cartel members and violence. Marijuana, along with any type of illegal drug is currency on the black market… as long as marijuana is worth money, it will continue to be imported illegally into this country by anyone and everyone that thinks they can make a buck. If marijuana was to be made legal and citizens could grow it themselves for personal use, it would lose its value as a currency, but ironically enough it would not lose its worth as a medicinal or recreational drug.