Texas Deploys Gunboats to Patrol Rio Grande

By:  James Heiser
07/09/2012
       
Texas Deploys Gunboats to Patrol Rio Grande

Even as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is instructing U.S. Border Patrol agents to run away from violent criminals, the Lone Star State is preparing to meet force with force. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced that it is deploying two gunboats armed with machine guns to patrol the waters of the Rio Grande to stop Mexican cartel thugs from running drugs across the border.

 

Even as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is instructing U.S. Border Patrol agents to run away from violent criminals, the Lone Star State is preparing to meet force with force. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced that it is deploying two gunboats armed with machine guns to patrol the waters of the Rio Grande to stop Mexican cartel thugs from running drugs across the border.

A news article for the KSAT-San Antonio website (“DPS gunboats prepare to patrol border waters”) reports that Texas law enforcement has created a new "Tactical Marine Unit" to cope with the strategies of Mexican drug runners:

As a preview of what’s to come, the Texas Department of Public Safety put two fast-moving gun boats in the water, with imposing .30-caliber machines guns and a crew of six heavily armed DPS troopers, scanning the U.S. and Mexican sides of the river.

All was quiet on that particular day, but over the last three years, DPS reports at least 65 “splashdowns” where smugglers being pursued by U.S. law enforcement on land, ditch their stolen trucks in the Rio Grande.

Lt. Charlie Goble said by then, others on the Mexican side have rafts at the ready.

“They will come over here and recover all the narcotics they can recover and go right back,” Goble, who commands the Tactical Marine Unit, said. “That is why we’re here."

Click here to read the entire article.

 

Photo: From "Video recorded after the June 9, 2011, shooting on the Rio Grande," Texas Department of Public Safety

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