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Texas Battles Drugs with Video Surveillance

Because Texas borders Mexico, it has become a hub of activity for drug deals and trafficking. Because of this, the Drug Enforcement Agency works vigilantly to patrol the borders of Texas and arrest anyone that is connected to a drug deal, drug use, drug possession, or drug trafficking. In order to enhance these efforts, the state of Texas will now be installing some video surveillance systems on private land to monitor fields and locations where drug deals commonly take place. Linda Vickers is one of the Texas residents who have agreed to let law enforcement set up cameras on her property.

She says that she thought that her 1,000 acre cattle and horse ranch in South Texas was one of the most out-of-the-way places in the world until she discovered that many drug gang members had been arrested on her property. She decided that she would permit the police to set up motion censored cameras that can capture any drug activity going on in her fields so that they can promptly head to the location to arrest criminals.

Vickers says that since the arrests started occurring she can’t leave her home without a cell phone and a pistol. She lives about 70 miles from the Mexican Border and says that she has been notified of drug deals, crimes, and illegal immigrants who trespass onto her land. Steven McCraw from the Texas Department of Publix Safety says that many intruders on private Texas land are affiliated with the Mexican drug cartel and will use terrorist tactics to dominate the land near the border. Farmers are often shot at, threatened, or chased of their property by these cartel leaders who will go to great lengths to get their way. If you have been arrested for a drug crime in this state, you will want a criminal defense attorney near you every step of your trial. Talk to a lawyer at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today for more information about defense strategies.