Border towns struggling to prosecture minor drug cases
FALFURRIAS, Texas – A foreboding scorecard greets northbound motorists at the Border Patrol checkpoint here, warning travelers and smugglers alike.
As of June, the sign proclaimed, U.S. agents had seized 127,044 pounds of drugs and apprehended 16,785 immigrants without authorization to enter the country.
What the Department of Homeland Security sign doesn’t reveal is that first-time offenders caught with 200 pounds or less of marijuana had a good chance of driving away with a lightened load, a fingerprint record and a slap on the wrist, law enforcement officials say. Read more: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/BAY-ONLY-CIR-Without-Federal-Funds-Border-Counties-Struggle-to-Prosecute-Minor-Drug-Cases-212081011.html