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.