Winning the War on Drugs
-- June 27
Border Patrol agents in Tucson, Ariz. discovered 60 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,000 pounds in an abandoned car near the Arizona border.
The U.S. Border Patrol reports that the Tucson Sector is on a pace to break a drug-seizure record. The record was set in FY 2007 when 897,000 pounds of marijuana were seized in the sector. Through May of this fiscal year they have already seized 830,191 pounds of marijuana, or 118,000 pounds per month. At this rate, the Tucson Sector will seize almost 1.5 million pounds of marijuana in 2009. That equates to almost $1.5 billion worth of marijuana seized in one Border Patrol Sector alone at today's price.
The Border Patrol reports that smugglers have been forced to carry narcotics on foot to a vehicle waiting in the desert. "New border fencing is having a significant impact on drug smuggling in the Southwest" said Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol. Spencer, who regularly flies the entire U.S./Mexico border, said before being fenced, huge sections of the border were left totally open. Spencer says before being fenced huge sections of the border were left totally open. "Along the Goldwater Bombing Range we couldn't find any fencing at all – not even a no-trespassing sign," Spencer said, adding that smugglers are stepping over the vehicle barriers that DHS is calling fencing.
ABP has prepared a YouTube video that links the new fencing to the Mexican drug war. "The power structure doesn't want you to know these things because; 1) They don't want to finish the fence; and 2) They don't want Americans to know they could have stopped drug smuggling decades ago," Spencer added.