Flashback: One year ago, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano implied our southern border was safer than ever:
“There is a perception that the border is worse now than it ever has been,” Napolitano said at the Bridge of The Americas border crossing in El Paso, Texas, the Associated Press reports. “That is wrong. The border is better now than it ever has been.”
Today, the Austin Police Department circulated press releases on three separate arrests of multiple suspects on drug charges, all from recent investigations. All suspects were Mexican nationals or immigrants.
Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin
Arrested: Alfredo Herrera, Julie Hernandez-Cruz, Catarino Hernandez-Cruz, Eduardo Hernandez
A Ford F-150 with Mexican license plates delivered cocaine to an Austin residence. Packages changed hands, and then two other cars left the residence. All were stopped and arrested. Police confiscated 3 kilograms of tar heroin, with an estimated street value of $1.5M. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed detainers on Catarino Hernandez-Cruz and Eduardo Hernandez.
Possession of Marijuana for Distribution
Arrested: Pedro Flores-Mondragon, Javier Ibarra
Police received a call on a residential burglary. Responding officers arrested two men as they attempted escape. Two others remain at large. Police seized 4 guns and 565 pounds of marijuana, street value estimate of $310,000. The two captured suspects drove the drugs in from Mexico, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed detainers on both.
Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
Arrested: Gloria Rocha Bernal, Veronica Garcia Reyes
Police stopped a Chevrolet pickup for speeding. Officers “developed reasonable suspicion that narcotics were hidden inside the vehicle” and occupants agreed to a search. Police found 16.4 pounds of powder cocaine, estimated street value of $6.4M.
The two suspects are currently in custody of the U.S. Marshals service, and ICE placed detainers on both.
So everybody take a deep breath and repeat after me: “The border is safe, cartel violence won’t happen here…the border is safe, cartel violence won’t happen here…the border is safe…cartel violence…zzzzzz.