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Commissioner Staples Posts Eleventh Video In ‘Texas Traffic’ Series

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Todd Staples
Texas Department of Agriculture
October 30, 2012, | 1,061 views | Post a comment

AUSTIN--In an ongoing effort to seek increased federal resources to enhance border security, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the eleventh video posting in a 16-part series titled “Texas Traffic -- True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling.” The series is available at

This week’s video features a Texas rancher who hides his identity to protect his family from violent Mexican drug cartels that might retaliate against his speaking out. The rancher says it may be time to leave the land where he grew up and move elsewhere to keep his family out of harm’s way.

“I’ve often thought about folding up camp and going somewhere else,” he said. “I’m hoping the state or federal government can realize the type of activity going on right in our own homeland.”

Each week for 16 weeks, the Texas Department of Agriculture is releasing videotaped interviews with law enforcement agents, farmers, ranchers and other citizens. These “Texas Traffic” stories offer firsthand accounts of drug running, human trafficking, international trespassing and other criminal activities linked to dangerous Mexican drug cartels.

“The Mexican drug cartels are violent, they are relentless in accessing the American drug market and they have chosen Texas as their primary access point,” Commissioner Staples said. “Unfortunately, President Obama and his staff continue to make jokes about the situation and suggest our border is safer than ever. The ‘Texas Traffic’ testimonials prove cartel activity is here on the U.S. side of the border.”

For the latest border news and to view each new episode of the “Texas Traffic” series, visit


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