Democrats and the mainstream media have been dismissive about the flow of illegal drugs across unprotected sections of the U.S-Mexico border, insinuating that a completed border wall won’t make a significant difference.
As President Trump points out the problem, numerous news outlets like USA Today have focused instead on the drugs that get smuggled through legal ports of entry.
USA Today stated that “90 percent of heroin seized along the border, 88 percent of cocaine, 87 percent of methamphetamine, and 80 percent of fentanyl in the first 11 months of the 2018 fiscal year was caught trying to be smuggled in at legal crossing points.”
But not emphasized in the story is the fact that it’s easier to catch drug smugglers crossing at ports of entry because they’re heavily watched and patrolled. The amount of drugs that comes across the border in open, unsecured areas is unknown because not all of it gets seized.
According to the Associated Press, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) remarked, "The first thing to focus on are the ports of entry where all the drugs are coming through or the tunnels. This is why we’ve increased Customs and Border Protection because this is how you stop the entry of this stuff, not by building walls in places where goats don’t even climb and people don’t travel."
But a cursory examination of the border via 3D satellite images reveals numerous unsecured parts of the border that are not too remote or rugged for people to travel across.
On top of that, a massive drug bust Thursday on an unfenced part of the border shows that the narcotics coming through those unsecured areas are nothing to sneeze at. Border Patrol agents seized more than 700 pounds of cocaine in an area not protected by a physical barrier, according to the Washington Examiner. The agents ran into the smugglers near Garciasville, Texas.
That’s only around 30 miles away from where CNN’s Jim Acosta stood in McAllen and declared that there is no border crisis as he stood behind a tall border wall.
After being spotted loading “bundles of narcotics” into an off-road vehicle, the suspected smugglers raced away from Border Patrol agents and drove their vehicle into the Rio Grande before swimming across to escape into Mexico.
Agents recovered 270 bricks of cocaine worth more than $22.5 million, local NBC affiliate KVEO reported. The area is known for frequent, large-scale drug smuggling activities.
“705 lbs. of cocaine, caltrops [tire deflation spikes], evidence of sophisticated counter surveillance, and a splashdown in one encounter are an obvious reminder of the need for more personnel, technology, and infrastructure in the Rio Grande Valley,” said acting Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz. “Transnational Criminal Organizations continue to exploit areas along our western corridor that accounts for more than 90 percent of our traffic.”
Watch the astounding news report on the cocaine seizure below: