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Texas DPS Reports Record Drug Seizures

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety seized a record amount of drugs last year, the reasons for that are two-fold. Click to Listen Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety seized a record amount of drugs last year, the reasons for that are two-fold. In 2004, Texas DPS troopers seized 90,000 pounds […]

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety seized a record amount of drugs last year, the reasons for that are two-fold.

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Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety seized a record amount of drugs last year, the reasons for that are two-fold.

In 2004, Texas DPS troopers seized 90,000 pounds of illegal drugs, that’s the largest drug haul in DPS history. The tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methanphetamine are valued at more than $189 million and were confiscated during routine traffic patrols. DPS Spokesman Tom Vinger says there are two primary reasons for the increase in drug seizures.

Pick a major highway in Texas and you’ve stumbled onto a drug trafficking route. Troopers made more than 2,100 drug-related arrests last year. Vinger says the seizures and arrests can be traced back to more specialized training under a technique called “Looking Beyond the Traffic Stop.”

Vinger says he’s no alarmist, but the quantity of drugs seized is the tip of the iceberg and that tells him there are literally thousands if not millions of people purchasing narcotics and creating a market for the drugs here in the U.S.

Virtually all of the U.S. cocaine supply comes from South America, much of it across the Texas/Mexico border. Texas provides a route for methanphetamine supplies to travel across the border and into labs in Oklahoma. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area is considered a major transshipment center for the wholesale distribution of narcotics. The Department of Justice consistently ranks Texas first in federal drug seizures.

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