An enforcement scorecard greets motorists at the U.S. Border Patrol’s Falfurrias, Texas, checkpoint. Local authorities in Brooks County say they can no longer afford to prosecute checkpoint drug cases that the federal government declines to take.G.W. Schulz/The Center for Investigative Reporting The Border Patrol makes its presence known in Falfurrias, Texas. The Rio Grande Valley
How we turned 17 million pounds of seized pot into a giant flying joint After weeks of poring over 128,000 drug seizure records released to The Center for Investigative Reporting by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there were lots of facets to run down on four types of drugs, but it was clear there was one
There’s only one word for the number of pounds of marijuana seized by the U.S. Border Patrol and at U.S. ports of entry: high.
Rusty Fleming, spokesman for the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office in Sierra Blanca, Texas, stands in an evidence room where bundles of marijuana seized at the nearby U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint fill the entire building with the smell of pot.G.W. Schulz/The Center for Investigative Reporting SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – As they walk through the front door,
Case files fill the San Francisco Immigration Court. As of April, the U.S. was facing a backlog of 327,406 immigration cases, according to the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.Jason Henry/For The Center for Investigative Reporting EAGLE PASS, Texas – The June 2012 cocaine bust of Guillermo Campos-Borjon in this gritty town perched on
As talks about comprehensive immigration reform heat up in Congress, the Center for Investigative Reporting has been taking a closer look at what’s going on along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jose Ramirez, 25, admitted during a pre-employment polygraph screening that he was the driver in a 2009 single-car crash in Arizona that killed a passenger. Ramirez now faces second-degree murder and other charges.Yuma County Sheriff’s Office One admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast. Others said they had molested children or committed