Border Patrol sees 'hard drug' increase along Texas border

The STC has seen a 177% increase in heroin and 129% increase in cocaine busts in the area. (MGN Online)

The concern for hard drugs coming into the United States is growing along the Texas Border.

According to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in the past year, customs saw a notable increase in cocaine and heroin seizures through the south Texas region.

The South Texas Corridor (STC) has seen a 177% increase in heroin and 129% increase in cocaine busts in the area. But even though illicit drug activity is on the rise, the number of apprehensions have declined in recent months.

The CBP says smugglers use a variety of tactics to hide the drugs, including vehicle gas tanks, manufactured compartments, propane tanks, shipments of fruit and vegetables, stuffed in personal belongings, bags of candy, and even transported methamphetamine in liquid form inside milk and juice cartons.

“The alignment of policy and strategy has led to significant gains in reducing illicit cross-border activity in South Texas, we must stay vigilant,” said Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, Commander Manuel Padilla, Jr. “Low apprehension numbers do not equate to a quiet border. Criminal organizations will continue to smuggle their contraband and threaten border security.”

The Border Patrol uses multiple approaches to fighting these crimes, including field operations, K-9 units, and high-tech inspection equipment.

“Our law enforcement partners are also working hard to get drugs off our streets, and stopping them from coming into our country, but we can’t win this battle alone,” Padilla said. “The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in our South Texas communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.”