Breitbart News recently reported on a sizeable methamphetamine bust that took place on the border of Texas and Mexico.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers involved in this case searched a tractor-trailer rig at the Pharr International Bridge that links Texas and Mexico.
The CBP officers tasked with patrolling the Pharr International Bridge on August 7 witnessed a tractor-trailer driving towards the cargo terminal for inspection and entry into the United States. The officers instructed the driver, a 29-year-old Mexican national from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to head towards the secondary inspection area.
Upon inspecting the containers of produce from Mexico, the officers were able to discover 521 packages that were suspected of being filled with drugs. After testing the drugs, the officers determined them to be methamphetamine.
According to the officials’ report, the drugs weighed about 992 pounds and had a total value of $19,841,000.
“This is another significant strike our officers have made on the methamphetamine smuggling industry,” Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port Director Carlos Rodriguez declared in a statement. “Large seizures like this one underscore the severity of the drug threat and show that our officers remain fiercely dedicated to upholding our border security mission.”
The officers confiscated the drugs and then proceeded to transfer them and the driver — the Mexican national —over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents to look into the smuggling operation. On top of that, CBP seized the tractor-trailer.
According to Breitbart Texas’ Jaeson Jones research, Mexican cartels are smuggling record amounts of meth across the border. Cartels such as Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel are behind the bulk of the manufacturing and distribution of the meth.
“As of July 2020, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the ports of entry have seized more than 118,153 pounds of meth, doubling the record year set in 2019,” Jones observed.
Drug smuggling is one of the many problems associated with having loose border controls. The Trump administration must continue is focus on border security. The U.S. cannot afford open border policies that put the country’s social cohesion and public security at risk.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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