Canadian Border Patrols Aim to Reduce Drug Trafficking
In reports about securing U.S. borders and preventing the continued flow of drugs into this country, the general focus is always on the southern border. A new report out of the Winnipeg Free Press, however, finds that drug flow must be monitored to the north as well.
The U.S. Border Patrol has launched a new crime-fighting initiative that would allow would-be crime fighters in the region of the B.C. border to report suspicious activity. This reporting can be done either by anonymous text message or through a submission to a dedicated website.
The initiative has been put in place as a way for more people to get involved in the fight against cross-border crime. A spokesperson for the U.S. Border Patrol notes that the agency is encouraging anybody within the region to send in tips on suspicious activity.
Those tips that hold the most interest for the agency have to do with the drug flow between the two countries. The agency is also on the alert for human trafficking. This border is considered to be a breeding ground for drug-smuggling activity, much of which happens in the sky.
While the agency is encouraging everyone in the region to keep an eye open to suspicious activity, U.S.-based immigrant rights groups fear such programs may encourage racial and ethnic profiling, causing more harm than good.
Even as Mexico continues to be a marijuana source for American consumers, British Columbia is another known provider. Hundreds of thousands of kilograms of lucrative, high-potency pot known as B.C. Bud is trafficked into the U.S. every year. Canada is also ramping up its supply of ecstasy, often laced with methamphetamine, and moving it into the states and to European markets.