Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Texas rolls out gunboats to combat violence on river border with Mexico
Texas – Law enforcement officers working along the U.S.-Mexico border are stepping up efforts to respond to what is in effect a war going on south of the border, where drug cartel violence has spun out of control.
In Texas, where the two countries are separated only by the Rio Grande River, stopping the violence from spilling into the United States means taking to the water — with 34-foot-long gunboats that pack some serious firepower.
The stakes are high. Since 2007, roughly 56,000 people in Mexico have been killed in the escalating drug cartel violence. The U.S. government and local police agencies are working around the clock, 365 days a year to try and stop the flow of drugs, weapons and illegal immigrants into America from our southern neighbor.
These gunboats are outfitted with bullet-proof panels, fully automatic machine guns and 900-horsepower engines. Their ability to cruise through the water at fast speeds is designed to not only serve as an intimidating force on the water, but also to fight back. Click here to read more Nutty News Stories at Nutty News Today - new stories added all day every day
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