(photo: Eagle Ford Shale Blog)
Texas’ obsession with underground drilling for natural gas has created a giant gap in the federal government’s border patrol defenses against drug smuggling.
Across a large swath of remote land stretching from the border into east Texas, drilling companies performing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have opened up a network of new private roads—which smugglers are now using to ship illegal narcotics into the U.S.
Cartels also have stolen trucks belonging to energy companies, and bribed truck drivers and contractors working on the Eagle Ford Shale
, which is 50 miles wide and 400 miles long.
Smugglers have even “cloned” Texas government vehicles to use for transporting drugs through the region.
Police seized about 18,000 pounds of marijuana in two trucks “on a private road leased to energy companies and carrying what looked like supplies used in oil field operations,” according to the Houston Chronicle.
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