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U.S. official: Canadian border a bigger threat then Mexican border


.US. official: Canadian border a bigger threat then Mexican border 

We have all seen and read story after story about horrific crimes and brutal deaths pouring over the US/Mexican border with what seems to be no end in sight just another day deal with it.  Try to smuggle 385 pounds of lunch meat and the border agents are patting themselves on the back like they saved America from that most dangerous bologna.
The reason the U.S.  Government is  stating this is not because of the amount of narcotics being smuggled. But because many US citizens  cross over the Canadian border for the benefit of attainableness in  Narcotic and Non-Narcotic  prescription drugs and health care . Thus derpiving the US Government and Big US Pharmaceutical /Health Insurance compnaies their profit and gains from backing political parties.  Shera

Canadian border a bigger threat:

thank you battleskin88
The U.S. border with Canada, even though it sees far fewer detentions and arrests every year, is a “more significant threat” to American security than the Mexican border, a senior Homeland Security official said Tuesday.
“In terms of the terrorist threat, it’s commonly accepted that [it's] the more significant threat, because of… people who can enter Canada then and come across our bridges into the United States,” Alan Bersin, head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, told a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing in Washington.
Bersin was responding to questioning from Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who demanded to know why the southern U.S. border, with about 445,000 arrests and detentions annually, isn’t considered far more sensitive than the northern boundary, which saw 6,000 arrests and detentions last year.
Bersin said the U.S. has to “maintain a very high security profile” on the Canadian frontier, in part because Canada and the U.S. don’t share their no-fly lists and so can’t keep out people deemed security threats who might travel by airplane into one country, then cross the border by land.
American politicians and officials have often expressed alarm about their northern boundary, frequently stemming from the false belief that some of the 19 men who hijacked four airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, entered the United States from Canada. In February, several senators decried the findings of a government report that determined that less than one per cent of the U.S.-Canada border had reached an “acceptable level of security.”
Senators at Tuesday’s hearing also asked what efforts are afoot to stem drug smuggling between Canada and the U.S.
The Customs and Border Protection chief replied that the latest step in cross-border policing will see Canada send 22 radar feeds to his agency’s centre in California that tracks non-commercial aircraft, with the goal of cracking down on narcotics smuggling by small planes flying low over the border to escape detection.more
Despite our best efforts, drug trafficking still occurs in significant quantities in both directions across the border. The principal illicit substances smuggled across our shared border are marijuana, cocaine, precursor chemicals and steroids. Marijuana is the most widely produced, trafficked and consumed illicit drug in both Canada and the United States. Seizures of marijuana from Canada to the United States have increased significantly and are mainly in bud form, although this represents only a small percentage of overall U.S. seizures. Cocaine enters both countries by a variety of routes originating in South America. About 25% of the seized cocaine intended for Canadian markets either transited or was intended to transit the United States. While cocaine use appears to have stabilized, it remains a principal drug threat to our two countries. Recent domestic and international law enforcement efforts, coupled with new Canadian regulations to govern the import and export of precursor chemicals, have had a positive impact in reducing the cross-border trafficking of these chemicals that can be used in the production of synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine. Significant amounts of anabolic steroids originating mainly from Mexico continue to transit the United States en route to Canada.

Cross-border distribution and transshipment

While the majority of marijuana cultivated in both the United States and Canada is produced to support domestic demand, the importation of foreign-produced marijuana is an issue for both countries.
Despite cultivation within Canada, marijuana smuggled into the country from foreign sources accounts for an important share of the Canadian market. Between 2000 and 2003 inclusive, Canadian authorities seized a total of 7.8 metric tons of marijuana at Canadian ports of entry. Of this quantity, 1.23 metric tons (16%) either transited or originated in the United States. For example, in September 2003, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers seized 50 kilograms of marijuana along with 3.5 kilograms of cocaine from the trailer of a commercial motor vehicle at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry in Windsor, Ontario. The cocaine was concealed inside a large block of compressed marijuana located within the commercial shipment. Additionally, U.S. and overseas authorities seized a total of 4.3 metric tons of marijuana destined for Canada between 2000 and 2003. Of this quantity, 1.3 metric tons (30%) were either in transit or were intended to transit the United States. In June 2002, U.S. authorities seized 346.3 kilograms of Jamaican marijuana from a sailboat in Florida that were to be smuggled to Canada via the United States by land.
The vast majority of foreign-produced marijuana available in the United States is cultivated in Mexico, followed by Canada, and to lesser extents, Colombia and Jamaica.

Cocaine

Cocaine
Demand for powdered and crack cocaine remains high in both the United States and Canada. Most of the cocaine destined for either country is shipped directly from the source country in South America. Although cocaine moves in both directions across our shared border, most smuggling activity is northbound.

Production

Colombia is by far the largest source of coca in the world, with Peru and Bolivia also identified as significant source countries. Coca is not cultivated in the United States or Canada. Cocaine is produced in illicit laboratories that are primarily located in source countries.More at Source

Officers seize 385 pounds of bologna at U.S.- Mexican border; Man fined $1,000 for lunchmeat
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working the port of entry at Santa Teresa have made a big bust, but it didn’t involve drugs or human trafficking.
The officers seized 385 pounds of Mexican bologna after finding the contraband meat behind the seat of a pickup truck that had been stopped at the port Friday morning.
It’s illegal to bring the bologna across the border because it’s made of pork and has the potential for introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry.
The 33-year-old Mexican man who was transporting the meat was assessed a $1,000 fine and released.
Usually officers see one or two rolls of bologna, not 35 as in this case.
Officials say this marked the largest bologna bust ever recorded at the Santa Teresa crossing.
source Thank you Dad

Mexico’s Drug War


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