Tag Archives: Drugs

Border Patrol Makes Large Pot Bust South of Alpine

Border Patrol agents made a 1,146 lb. marijuana bust at the Border Patrol’s checkpoint south of Alpine on Highway 118 on Monday. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the bust happened around 5 PM Monday. According to CBP, a man … Continue reading

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Pope Francis And Juárez: Latest Symbol Of Pope’s Focus On Latin America

JUAREZ, Chihuahua — The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Mexico marks the sixth Latin American country Pope Francis will have visited since his pontificate began in 2013. Francis will be visiting the border city of Juárez, a city recreating … Continue reading

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Life Sentence Cut for Texas Sheriff Who Once Symbolized “War on Drugs”

The life sentence of former Presidio County Sheriff Rick Thompson for a federal drug trafficking conviction has been reduced to 30 years. The iconic lawman was once a symbol of the “War on Drugs.” In the predawn hours of Dec. 3, … Continue reading

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‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Escapes From Authorities, But Suffers Injuries

Joaquín Guzmán became Mexico’s most wanted drug trafficker after he escaped from a maximum-security prison. Authorities said they had found Guzmán but he escaped again.

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At ‘Checkpoint Of The Stars,’ Texas Sheriff Takes A Pass On Pot Cases

The lawman says local taxpayers should not pay to house prisoners arrested for pot possession at the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint. “I’m not gonna do the federal government’s job,” he says.

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Escape Should Lead to Drug Law Reform, Advocates Say

Corruption. Extradition. Border violence. Those were the standard talking-point topics by Texas lawmakers following Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s brazen escape last week from a maximum-security Mexican prison. Now, some advocates hope to add “drug policy reform” to the list, arguing … Continue reading

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House Sends Border Security Bill to Governor

After a months-long staring contest between the House and the Senate, the lower chamber gave a sweeping border security bill a final blessing Thursday. State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, agreed to accept changes the Senate made to his House Bill … Continue reading

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Border Security Bill Passes Senate

This story has been updated to reflect the bill’s final passage on third reading. An expansive border security bill declared a priority by Gov. Greg Abbott was passed Tuesday by the Texas Senate. The vote marked the end of a months-long disagreement between … Continue reading

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Texas County Declines All Federally Initiated Drug Cases From Sierra Blanca Checkpoint

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – A border county in Texas with two U.S. Border Patrol highway checkpoints is refusing to prosecute drug cases previously sent to it from those checkpoints. The county—and all four states bordering Mexico—wants funding from Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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Alleged Head of Beltrán Leyva Cartel Captured in Central Mexico

Reports surfaced Wednesday of the capture of Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the former head of the Beltrán Leyva drug cartel in Mexico. Fronteras Desk correspondent Lorne Matalon joined us this morning to talk about the significance of the arrest. The AP reports Beltrán Leyva … Continue reading

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