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DEA Destroys Far Fewer Marijuana Plants in Past Two Years Than it Did In 2010

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA has substantially reduced the amount of marijuana that it destroys a year, eradicating fewer plants in the past two years combined than it did in 2010.

The Huffington Post reports that the DEA destroyed about 8.3 million plants, compared to more than 10 million destroyed in both 2009 and 2010.

The DEA’s policies are forcing “drug traffickers to cultivate marijuana plants on private property, whereas in prior years, marijuana plants were typically grown on public land,” DEA officials said.

The DEA’s budget said the agency must “continuously modify its enforcement strategies to keep pace with the various adaptations and evolutionary techniques employed by trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.”

Texas to Arm Property Owners With Spy Equipment Along the Mexican Border

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Private landowners may play a key role in the battle to crack down on human and drug smugglers along the Mexican border, Reuters reports.

Texas officials announced an initiative Thursday to allow landowners to equip their property with hundreds of small, motion-activated cameras.

Many landowners already have an incentive.

“Our farmers and ranchers are being shot at, they are being intimidated, they are being chased off their own property on an all-too-frequent basis,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

The cameras are part of a test program to seize drugs from the border, Reuters reported.

Delays Continue to Hamper U.S.-Mexico Border Fence

This project could be tied up for quite some time as the government deals with land acquisitions from private property owners. With all the hurdles, it won’t be easy to complete.

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By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
Associated Press Writer
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Nearly six months after the U.S.-Mexico border fence ordered by the Bush administration was supposed to be finished, its completion is in limbo while a judge waits answers to questions about private property in the fence’s path.

About 630 miles of the promised 670-mile-long vehicle and pedestrian barrier is complete, with the unfinished portion in deep south Texas where opposition is fierce and the government has struggled to get the land it needs.

The biggest unfinished segment is a 13-mile stretch that runs east of Brownsville through rich farmland toward the Gulf of Mexico.

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