Officials Find Little Effect on Drugs in Texas Border Surge

Officials Find Little Effect on Drugs in Texas Border Surge

Staff Report
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The surge of Texas National Guard personnel, state troopers and game wardens to the border with Mexico has done less than hoped to stop illegal drugs.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday that officials say the effort has done little to push drug prices higher, as authorities hoped.

Greg Thrash with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Austin says no slowdown has been detected in supply. Thrash also says wholesale prices of drugs are dropping.

Then-Gov. Rick Perry ordered the surge last June, dubbed Operation Strong Safety. The effort was in response to a sharp increase in illegal border crossings and also to disrupt drug supplies from Mexican cartels.

Texas leaders are seeking up to $815 million to expand border operations over the next two years.