Time and again, the Trump administration has underlined drug trafficking and illegal immigrants as the biggest issues faced by the United States. Worsened by the smuggled illegal drugs, the evergrowing opioid epidemic corroborates the assertion to a great extent. The agencies involved in checking drug trafficking, such as the U.S. Border Patrol, have been able to establish the role of illegal immigrants in the crime. In the wake of intensified patrolling in border areas, smugglers keep looking for ingenious ways to prevent drug detection while some hide their haul in food, others use naive illegal immigrants.
The drug trafficking routes through Rio Grande Valley are known for using human smuggling as a cover for drug trade. Described as one of the most dangerous and inhospitable borderline areas in America, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas stretches from Rio Grande City in the west to Brownsville in the east. Around , Border Patrol agents guard the stretch on a routine basis. Apart from the stateoftheart surveillance systems, they use AStar helicopters to keep a watch on the area. Sometimes, the patrolling agents just ride horseback while pursuing the traffickers.
Despite the strict vigilance and tough terrain, small rafts loaded with illegal immigrants from Mexico try to sneak into the U.S. territory. They are aided by a group of human smugglers, who are known as “coyotes.” Known for their ruthlessness, the coyotes often leave clueless immigrants to perish on the border when discovered by the patrol. Nothing can get in the way of their objective of trafficking drugs into the U.S. Their modus operandi is as simple as “bait and switch.” First, they lure illegal immigrants under the pretext of giving them a passage into America.
The traffickers then use these illegal immigrants as a bait to drive the attention of the border patrol away from the drugs. While the police officers are busy crosschecking them, the coyotes use the opportunity to smuggle their drugs. The recent discovery of a cache of drugs near the seven abandoned illegal immigrants gives more credence to the abovementioned crossborder illegal drug trafficking. The agents discovered marijuana worth , near these immigrants dumped by the traffickers in cold. Last year, more than tons of marijuana were seized, which is roughly complete guide percent of the marijuana hauled nationally.