Over 99 percent of all marijuana and methamphetamine seized at U.S. borders has come from Mexico, a huge cache of 8.2 million pounds since 2012 and a demonstration of the efforts by drug cartels to feed America’s habit, one that is leading to increasing deaths, according to a new report in the Washington Examiner.
The report adds, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizure figures show that in 2015, 99.8 percent of methamphetamine and 99.9 percent of marijuana seized in the U.S. came from the southern border. Another 61 percent of cocaine seizures were on the West Coast, mostly California, suggesting that Colombian drug cartels are looking for a new route in, according to a new report.”
According to a new project from DrugAbuse.com, Border Patrol officers seized a staggering 1.5 million pounds of drugs last year.
Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, cocaine and marijuana remain two of the most commonly seized drugs along our southern borders, equating to millions of pounds seized by U.S. Border Patrol, the article further reports. These figures help paint the broader landscape of drug overdose and abuse reaching record levels in the United States.
OUR FREE OPINION
In speaking with many criminal defense lawyers, I have learned that most of the heroin and methamphetamine sold in the United States is coming from Mexico.
To make matters worse, when the transporters and dealers of these drugs are arrested (particularly Hispanic defendants), they refuse to cooperate with law enforcement out of fear that their family members will be assaulted or killed. This fear is not unfounded. Retaliation over snitch testimony or information provided by cooperating defendants or suspects in the U.S. has led to massacre in Mexican cities.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines reward defendants who accept responsibility and own up to their role in a drug transaction (“safety valve”). When a defendant does this, his or her sentence will likely be reduced. Under this safety valve scenario, the person charged need not testify against co-defendants. However, many Hispanic defendants refuse to take advantage out of fear.
The unlawful transportation of drugs across the border needs to be substantially stopped. Barriers and new technology need to be implemented.