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Day 4: Drug Trafficking

Today one of my main tasks was to load news articles relating to corrections onto the Corrections.com website. One of the articles was titled, “CBP Seizes Cocaine during Morning Rush Hour at Tecate.” I stopped what I was doing for a moment to read this short, but very interesting article. A 19-year-old male U.S. citizen was attempting to carry $371,000 worth of cocaine across the U.S. border during morning rush hour on June 10th. At 5:05 am, 37 pounds of cocaine was found in small built-in compartments in the dashboard of his Jeep. He is currently being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego.

In order to further my research on the topic of drug trafficking in the United States, I poked around the cbp.gov website. A similar incident occurred on June 13th where a male of Mexican citizenship attempted to move 46 pounds, equivalent to $110,000 of marijuana across the border into Arizona. He hid the blocks in metal boxes built into the rims of the tires on the truck that he was driving. With the help of drug-detecting dogs, the man was taken into custody.

According to policyalmanac.org, the illegal drug market in the U.S. is one of the most profitable markets in the world. The site goes on to say that according to U.S. Customs Service, more than 60 million people travel into the United States each year. Amongst these people are drug traffickers carrying anything from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroine, to methamphetamines. Primarily, illicit drugs are carried from Columbia, to Mexico and into the U.S. although Canada does contribute to the marijuana trafficking as well.

In my research, I have discovered that the violence involving drug trafficking is similar to what you would see in movies such as “Traffic” in that it is ruthless, and obviously dangerous. The drug lords at the top of the hierarchy are extremely intelligent.

In the news recently, four men and one woman who were all members of a Columbia drug cartel were arrested in Panama for plotting to kill a U.S. drug enforcement agent. They were brought to the U.S. and will face trial on U.S. soil. The plan was discovered when an undercover DEA agent pretended to get in on their plan, and subsequently turned them in. Ironically, one of the members of the group was a secretary for the 38th Municipal Court in Columbia. According to news reports, the group wanted to kill the DEA agent because of his alleged aid with a narcotics seizure by Columbian authorities. According to the Associated Press, this group will face charges on conspiracy to murder a U.S. agent and conspiracy to import narcotics, as they were attempting to move 240 barrels of ephedrine. If convicted, the five will face a sentence to life in prison.

Drug trafficking is something that border patrol must deal with on a daily basis but not something that is seen as newsworthy as often. Yes, we did hear about the 19-year-old who tried to move a large amount of cocaine across the U.S. border. And we did hear about the guy who put marijuana in his wheels in a similar attempt. But these stories are just a few among the thousands and thousands of stories out there, which is why I chose to write about them for my blog post of today. I was only able to include a few stories in my post but I encourage you to research this topic further as it does not attract as much discussion as it deserves.

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