Migrant Crisis Exploited to Traffic Drugs Across the Border

The Tucson Border Patrol Section Chief, Roy Villareal, explained how drug traffickers are exploiting the migrant crisis at the border to traffic drugs into the U.S.

“This appears to be a growing trend something that we experienced before, but we abated it through cooperative effort with our federal law enforcement partners, but it seems to be on the rise again,” Villareal said Sunday on “Fox and Friends,” referring to the drugs crossing through the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We’re focused on the migrant caravan, the overwhelming numbers of aliens that are showing up, and this is opportunistic from the perspective that narcotic traffickers realize there is an opportunity and they are going to utilize it to import illicit narcotics,” Villareal continued.

A staggering amount of drugs have been discovered on their way into the U.S.: “138,610 pounds of marijuana, 32,951 pounds of cocaine, 32,814 pounds of meth, and 2,708 pounds of heroin since the beginning of this fiscal year,” reports the Daily Caller. Can you imagine the amount of drugs that go undetected?

Instead of being able to focus on the traffickers, agents have been forced into a caretaker role with the increasing number of unaccompanied minors and families presenting at the border.

“We’ve been speaking about this crisis for number of months now. The humanitarian aspect is overwhelmed our operational capability. The majority of ages are focused on the care and well-being of the aliens, and with that comes a loss in border security.”

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About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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