No plans of checkpoints by DPS during border surge
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:29:14 GMT —
This Department of Public Safety surge is set to start this weekend, and state leaders say the additional law enforcement will target crime and drug trafficking that has spiked as a result of holes left along the border.
In a letter to DPS director Steve McCraw, state leaders approved funds to authorize the surge with $1.3 million a week.
The operation is set to last through the end of 2014.
Last year, DPS surge in the Valley set up 12 checkpoints where about 1700 cars were stopped and 281 citations were given.
DPS reported that there was a dramatic decrease in drug seizures and police chases, but this operation will not include checkpoints.
Instead, state leaders said this is an effort to fill the gaps as Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed with human trafficking along the Rio Grande.
Action 4 News contacted DPS to find out what the funds for this operation will be used for but they are remaining tight lipped.
In an email we were told, "due to operational security and law enforcement safety, the department will not provide details of border security operational plans."