WASHINGTON TIMES — “Lobos” has made another bust. Back in December, the K-9 dog Lobos and his human partner, Fayette County Texas Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Randy Thumann, made a routine stop on Interstate 10 and Lobos’ super nose turned up $4 million in liquid methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle of two Mexican nationals. A month later, the law enforcement pair made another stop on I-10. This time, Lobos found $428,000 in cash hidden away in a Honda Odyssey driven by Jose Cortez, 28, and Maria Martinez, 26, both Mexican citizens. Drugs are transported up from Mexico — U.S. dollars are delivered back down to Mexico. Good dog, Lobos!
Unfortunately, the good work of Lobos and the other law enforcement officers working I-10 is about to be swept away by a tsunami of heroin from Mexico. Last week, in an effort to make certain it had the least public notice, the Obama White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy quietly issued its estimates for poppy-heroin production. In 2012, the office estimates that Mexico had 23,000 acres in poppy production. By 2014, that number had risen to 61,600 acres, far more than double in four years. With no indication that the Mexican government is aggressively burning poppy fields, it seems likely that when the numbers for 2016 come in, they will easily cross the 300 percent mark in just five years. As the office notes in its report, “Mexico remains a major producer and supplier to the U.S. market of heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs and is a major transit country for about 85 percent of the cocaine sold in the United States.”
For the cartels, the door is open and it’s party time.