West Texas Law Enforcement Continuing To Operate As Normal Following El Chapo's Arrest 2/24/14
February 24th, 2014
There is wide speculation about what will happens now that El Chapo, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel was arrested. Law enforcement in West Texas says right now, the future is uncertain but they will continue patrols.
The lines to get into the US haven't stopped after El Chapo's arrest and neither will the drugs.
"We don't know what to expect in the future since the arrest. We will do more enhanced patrols on the border and have people work longer," said Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez.
Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson says all this means is that someone took El Chapo's place. They will operate as normal.
Border patrol and US Customs also said the same thing. They will continue to operate with the same heightened security.
The Sinaloa Cartel has very sophisticated methods of smuggling drugs, which include false compartments in cars and hiding drugs in bottles. When those methods are detected, they move on to another staying one step ahead of law enforcement.
"We see some big amounts as far as 50 pounds, 100 pounds, 500 pounds. But, what we don't see is the drugs that get away from us, which is the majority of it," Dominguez said.
So only time will tell if this is the beggining of the end for the massive flow of drugs across the border, after one of the most powerful drug lords the world has known was arrested.