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• www.washingtonexaminer.com, by Anna Giaritelli

Tarrant County Sheriff Bill E. Waybourn told the Washington Examiner drug seizures have picked up since 2016 and spiked "tremendously" in the past six months just as groups of 100 or more people began showing up at the border.

Data from the county, which includes Forth Worth, shows nine pounds of meth was seized in 2016. In 2018, that figure jumped to 22 pounds. In the past six months, 110 pounds of meth have been discovered by the sheriff's department.

Heroin busts followed a similar trajectory. Less than one pound of heroin was found by the department in 2016, but last year more than 61 pounds were confiscated. Since October, 20 pounds have been seized.

"We're several hundred miles away from the border, however, the border does impact us," he said.

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