National Park Wants New Building to Help Fight Drugs and Illegals Smuggling

Drugs and Illegal Immigrants Smuggling is a problem at Padre Island Nat'l Seashore

CORPUS CHRISTI–Problems with drug and illegal immigrant smuggling are forcing Padre Island National Seashore officials to request a new building to help fight the illegal activity.

It’s long been reported while the national park around Corpus Christi is pristine, but it’s also a haven for smuggling activities for smugglers.

Park Rangers won’t acknowledge how serious the problem is at Padre Island National Seashore, but it’s has gotten the attention as six new rangers were added to deal with the problem in recent years.

In a letter for an environmental impact study to build a new law enforcement building, park officials cite smuggling has risen dramatically in the last few years and has become a threat for violence against visitors and staff.

ICE Agents and Drug Enforcement Agency Officers report this is a corridor for smuggling of illegals and drugs. They routinely conduct operations on the beach to try to stem the smuggling activity.

Park officials said the building needs to be built after the original building was destroyed in a fire in 2005. Since then, they have been in a modular building to house park rangers and other staff.

If built the letter states: the building would improve the work conditions for staff, create a secure location for law enforcement functions,and protect valuable law enforcement equipment and vehicles from criminal activity and the high saline environment.

The public has until February 7 to submit comments. Here’s a link to the document http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=86&projectID=32246

You can send public comments to the following location:

Contact Information
Padre Island National Seashore
Superintendent Joe Escoto
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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