U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted nearly a half-million dollars of suspected methamphetamine and heroin hidden in a 2006 Toyota entering from Mexico as drug trafficking spikes due to the Biden administration’s border policies.
“Our officers use a variety of law enforcement tools in conducting their inspections to secure our borders and continue to intercept dangerous narcotics, ensuring that they don’t reach our streets and neighborhoods,” Tater Ortiz, port director of the Brownsville Port of Entry, said in a statement on Wednesday.
CBP South Texas tweeted, “Poly-drug load nabbed in #Brownsville: #CBP officers seize $445K in methamphetamine and heroin in passenger vehicle at #Brownsville’s Gateway International Bridge. Driver arrested.”
“The seizure took place on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 57-year-old male United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a 2006 Toyota,” the agency said.
It added, “CBP officers discovered six packages which contained a total of 13.84 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and three packages which contained a total of 7.45 pounds of alleged heroin.”
“The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $445,897.”
And that’s not all. On Wednesday, CBP South Texas also tweeted, “#Laredo #CBP officers seize 8,558 pills of undeclared controlled prescription medication, incl. Valium, Xanax, Ritalin and Carisoprodol, concealed within a female pedestrian’s belongings at Gateway to the Americas Bridge. Traveler arrested.”
What was once shocking to see along our nation’s southern border has become an everyday occurrence. Along the Biden border, people, drugs and weapons flow back and forth like the waves of the sea.
Sadly, American drug use is driving these arrests. Our young people have enough issues without making drugs easier to obtain. We’re not talking about some random gangster. Many of these end users are everyday Americans looking for an escape through drug usage. Unfortunately, Biden’s border policies are making it easier to find this form of escape.
In 2019, former President Donald Trump’s drug czar Jim Carroll said the border wall would actually help reduce drug trafficking. “So that wall will undoubtedly stop the flow of drugs in those locations, force people to the ports of entry, where there’s more law enforcement located,” he was quoted as saying in an Associated Press report.
But when there’s no wall and low levels of enforcement, there is little to stop the drug flow from south to north. Despite the media attention given to people crossing the border, drugs are much smaller and easier to conceal. No one truly knows how many drugs make it into America. All we know for certain is that it is too much – and it is going up.
So what’s the answer? It begins by enforcing existing laws along the border, something the Biden administration fails to do. Instead of catching criminals, it will either catch and release or not catch at all. Sadly, Border Patrol wants to do more, but has been limited by Biden’s policies that have led to more than one million people already crossing the border in 2021.