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Border Patrol Seeks Hazmat Teams for Drugs Smuggled in Toxic Waste

 There’s the Southwestern heat, long hours, and drug smugglers. Adding to the stress is the job of fetching drug bundles by the dozen out of toxic waste containers.

The drug cartels, it turns out, are moving their merchandise in tanker trucks containing “various forms of industrial hazardous waste,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). And so the border security agency announced it’s seeking proposals from contractors who can deploy toxic waste decontamination teams to two checkpoints in south Texas. Border Patrol agents aren’t adequately trained to extract drug packages hidden in toxic liquids, solids and sludge.

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