Mexican Wall May Not Keep out Drug Traffickers

One the signature promises of the Trump Campaign was the construction of a border wall along the southern border with Mexico. The details on the wall were noticeably sparse however it appears the Administration is taking concrete steps to secure the southern border. The Administration is allocating funds for border security and increasing the number of border agents. But, it appears that the wall overlooks critical sources of illegal immigration and may not slow the flow of drug trafficking over the border.

Numerous studies demonstrate that walls are good only at stopping people, not drugs. When the wall in Tijuana was constructed, it was very effective at slowing the flow of illegal immigrants into San Diego. But the flow of heroin and other drugs across the border did not stop.

Many illegal drugs, especially heroin, are transported in easily concealed small containers which are cut into other substances and separated on the U.S. side of the border. Furthermore, many drug cartels use commercial trucks to traffic drugs and the Border Patrol, even with an additional 10,000 agents, cannot check the millions of trucks that head into the U.S. every year. In short, controlling drug trafficking will require more than a simple border wall.

If you were arrested under a search and seizure, then you may want to call a defense lawyer. Drug trafficking charges are serious felonies that could lead to severe penalties and substantially impact your future life. You don't need to figure these charges out on your own; a lawyer can help you figure out the weak points in the prosecutor's case and leverage them into a plea deal or at trial. Contesting these charges alone is difficult, a lawyer can help you.

Source: The New York Times, "Why Trump's Wall Won't Keep Out Heroin" Sam Quinones, February 16, 2017

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