Laredo, Texas- During the month of October, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Community Liaison Program from the Laredo Sector which includes Freer, Hebbronville, Zapata and Cotulla stations visited area schools to educate students on the hazards and consequences of illegal drugs. This year's Red Ribbon Campaign consisted of agents producing and directing a 15-minute film to showcase to the students on the dangers of using drugs. Actors in the film were students from Dovalina Elementary school along with agents from the Border Community Liaison Program.
In 1985, The Red Ribbon campaign was initiated to pay tribute to federal Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique "KiKi" Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the battle against illegal drugs. During the last week of October, Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally where different programs are mobilized by the law enforcement community in the schools to educate the youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
This year alone, more than 16,000 students throughout the Laredo and surrounding communities from Hebbronville, Cotulla, Freer and Zapata school districts were impacted with the "Say No to Drugs" message by our Border Patrol agents. They visited the schools in their respective communities where they showcased the film, and spoke on the importance of keeping Kike Camarena's spirit and hope for a drug- free America.
For more information on our Border Community Liaison Program you can contact them at (956) 764-3190.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.