LAREDO, Texas – On October 3, 2017, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol presented Werner Enterprises Inc. and Celadon Trucking with a plaque of recognition for their collaborative effort and continuous support of the Texas Hold’Em Initiative.
The Texas Hold’em Initiative launched in June 2008, as a joint multi-agency enforcement effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the United States Border Patrol to improve border security by implementing consequences on commercial drivers convicted of human and/or narcotic smuggling. Penalties associated with this type of criminal act include the revocation of Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) and/or a jail sentence.
Border Patrol agents have continuously conducted outreach to trucking companies to bring awareness of the ramifications for commercial drivers smuggling humans and/or narcotics. The presentations consist of training five to 20 commercial drivers on a weekly basis. Trucking companies, such as Werner Enterprises Inc. and Celadon Trucking, utilize this awareness campaign as part of their orientation training for new drivers as well as a refresher training for seasoned drivers during their periodic safety meetings. The partnership with these companies is a prime example of the support trucking companies in Laredo have for the Texas Hold’em Initiative.
Since 2008, 620 CDLs have been cancelled under the Texas Hold’em Initiative as a result of human and/or narcotic smuggling convictions.
To request a presentation of the Texas Hold’em Initiative to your commercial drivers please call (956) 764-3264. To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.
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.