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Trump’s Cargo Truck Inspections at Border Making Drug Cartels VERY Cranky

By Jeff Dunetz

Uh-Oh, it looks like the leaders of Mexican drug cartels are going to need safe places because they are getting very angry at increased cargo truck inspections implemented by the Trump administration.

In a shift from the Obama years, all cargo trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico are screened via non-intrusive inspection equipment, in other words, giant X-ray scanners for trains and trucks. And according to Judicial Watch sources in the U.S. and Mexico, the Mexican drug cartels are “fuming.”

Apparently, only random or sporadic screening was allowed under Obama and all trucks are screened under President Trump.“We felt like we were the welcoming committee and not like we were guarding our borders,” said veteran U.S. Customs agent Patricia Cramer, who also serves as president of the Arizona chapter of the agency’s employee union.

“The order was to facilitate traffic, not to stop any illegal drugs from entering the country,” Cramer added. “We want to enforce the law. That’s what we signed up for.”

Cramer, a canine handler stationed at the Nogales port of entry in Arizona, said illicit drugs are pouring in through the southern border, especially massive quantities of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says is more potent than morphine.

Approximately 471,000 trucks pass through the U.S-Mexico border monthly, according to figures published by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The busiest port of entry is in Laredo, Texas where 167,553 trucks enter the U.S. from Mexico monthly, followed by Otay Mesa in California (76,953), El Paso, Texas (58,913), Hidalgo, Texas (45,355) and Nogales with 29,439. Other busy ports include East Calexico, California (29,173), Brownsville, Texas (16,140) and Eagle Pass, Texas (12,952).

Trucks bring in everything from auto parts to appliances, produce and livestock. In fact, a veteran Homeland Security official told Judicial Watch that cattle trucks passed without inspection during the Obama administration because Mexican farmers complained that the security screenings frightened their cows. “Our guys were livid that we were not allowed to check cattle,” the federal official said.

According to customs agents, the Mexican drug lords usually put their products in with truckfuls of legitimate products. These traffickers have moved enormous quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana into the U.S. via our porous border…

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