Friday, 06 December 2013 10:33
BROWNSVILLE— The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s Combined Enforcement Unit addressed more than 80 commercial truck drivers Nov. 29 as part of an initiative called “Texas Hold ’Em.”
The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety that aims to reduce the trafficking of contraband in commercial vehicles such astractor-trailers, buses and freight carriers by using existing state laws to revoke the commercial driver’s license of a person convicted of a smuggling-related offense.
According to the Texas Transportation code, a person who holds a CDL is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for life if convicted of using any motor vehicle during the commission of a felony.
At the request of a Brownsville trucking company, Border Patrol agents educated drivers on the dangers associated with transporting contraband as well as the consequences of a smuggling conviction.