Enhanced Border Security Nets Drug Bust along Gulf Coast Corridor
NEW ORLEANS – Over the course of three days in September, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the New Orleans Sector partnered with the Mississippi Highway Patrol in a joint effort to impact smuggling attempts along the Interstate 20 corridor near Jackson, Mississippi.
On September 24, 2015, the MHP seized more than six pounds of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $40,000. Authorities arrested Edgar Rede, 63, of El Paso, Texas, charging him with transportation of illegal narcotics. In addition, the vehicle in which he was transporting the narcotics was seized. The intelligence gathered on the drug seizure will be shared between agencies. As this seizure illustrates, the U.S. Border Patrol New Orleans Sector supports the National Border Patrol Strategy to heighten security throughout the Gulf Coast corridor. Border Patrol's on-going integrated enforcement efforts are causing a persistent change in the tactics, techniques and procedures of criminal organizations operating within this corridor.
Utilizing a whole-of-government approach, the New Orleans Sector will continue to conduct intelligence-based enforcement operations throughout the Gulf Coast corridor in order to disrupt and degrade smuggling operations.
“Our goal is to enhance border security in the Gulf Coast corridor by providing actionable intelligence in support of our Southwest Border partners,” said New Orleans Sector Border Patrol Chief Jonathan Richards. The New Orleans Sector’s joint enforcement posture reduces the ability of criminal organizations to exploit transportation routes within the area and degrades their ability to conduct criminal acts. “We look forward to a continued partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to remove drugs and other contraband from the streets,” said Mississippi Highway Patrol Director Colonel Donnell Berry.
The New Orleans Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which combats transnational criminal organizations. The U. S. Border Patrol asks that “if you see something, say something” by reporting suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 1-866-50-PROTECT (1-866-507-7683).
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