tightened security in remote parts of the U.S. border, drug
smugglers have returned to using formal U.S.-Mexico crossings
to slip across drugs, The Associated Press reports.
to U.S. and Mexican officials, drug smugglers are using trucks,
big rigs and cars to overload formal border crossings with
more drugs than customs inspectors can detect, The AP reported.
smugglers are becoming more brazen," said Rick Pauza,
a customs spokesman for the border crossing between Laredo,
Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. "There's such a large
quantity of narcotics that they're trying to move through
now that they are willing to lose substantial quantities
if we find them."
to officials, more drug gangs are shipping Colombian cocaine
to Mexico rather than flying it direct to the United States.
11 has made it harder to cross contraband into the United
States," said Charles Harrison, special agent in charge
of customs operations in South Texas. "We have dramatically
increased the pressure all over the border."