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US Tightens Controls at Texas-Mexico Border

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 6 MAY 2011 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

The U.S. Border and Customs Protection agency will open seven new control booths along the border with Mexico at the crossing in Nuevo Laredo, Texas, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Transport Department says that this border crossing has more commercial traffic than any other point in the almost 2,000 mile border. Some 60 percent of all cargo trucks that go between Texas and Mexico pass through this point, and there is a lot of contraband smuggled amongst this large amount of legal cargo. This makes Nuevo Laredo a very vulnerable point, exploited by Mexican drug trafficking organizations to export cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into the U.S.

The new booths, which will monitor traffic coming from Mexico, are aimed at stopping contraband coming into the U.S. InSight considers that more effort should also be made to control cargo headed to Mexico such as ammunition, arms, and bulk cash.

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