Judicial Watch has uncovered a gaping hole in the U.S. southern border protection program.  According to the Watchdog website, Mexican citizens use U.S. business/ tourist visas to smuggle 1,700 pounds of marijuana, 90 pounds of cocaine and 17 pounds of liquid methamphetamines in just one week.

All of these findings happened in one Texas sector on the southern border in just a week.  Who knows what has been happening before this crackdown on border security.

Border Patrol agents have also arrested three international gangsters, including members of the Mexican mafia and the notoriously violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)—during the same period.

Then, just to the west in California, agents captured nearly 842 pounds of narcotics over a weekend, a chunk of it brought in by Mexican citizens with American business and tourist visas.

“‘It has been well documented by federal law enforcement agencies that the majority of illegal drugs in the United States come from Mexico and Mexican traffickers remain the greatest criminal threat to the U.S. Mexican cartels—classified as Transitional Criminal Organizations (TCOs) by the government—have for years smuggled in enormous quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana,’ reports Judicial Watch.”

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has confirmed that Mexican cartels function like a business and are sophisticated machines of profit.

“These Mexican poly-drug organizations traffic heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana throughout the United States, using established transportation routes and distribution networks,” the DEA report states. “They control drug trafficking across the Southwest Border and are moving to expand their share of US illicit drug markets, particularly heroin markets. National-level gangs and neighborhood gangs continue to form relationships with Mexican TCOs to increase profits for the gangs through drug distribution and transportation, for the enforcement of drug payments, and for protection of drug transportation corridors from use by rival gangs.”

The National Drug Intelligence Center, which was dismantled by the Obama administration after nearly two decades of operation, published alarming figures about the Mexican drug crisis.

They revealed in 2009 thousands of metric tons of heroin, meth, marijuana, and cocaine was smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico and then tens of billions of dollars flowed back to Mexico.

It is reported that most of the smuggling is coming through the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in Arizona which is a part of the famously porous southern border which spans 2,000 miles.

Many hoped the situation would improve under the Trump administration, but apparently, that is not the case. Frustrated Border Patrol agents interviewed by Judicial Watch say little has changed since Trump was sworn in even though he vowed to tighten border security.

If the Trump Administration wants to fix the opioid crisis in America as well as tighten border security in America, then perhaps he should start with the southern border first.

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BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.