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Harris County
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Friday, July 01, 2011

CONGRESSMAN MCCAUL AND SHERIFF GARCIA SEEK TO BLUNT DRUG CARTEL ACTIVITY

(HOUSTON, TX) –U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX 10) and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia worked Thursday on strengthening federal and local efforts against the potential of increased Mexican drug cartel activity in Harris County.

McCaul, whose district includes northwest Harris County, chairs the U.S. House Homeland Security Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Garcia formerly headed up Houston’s anti-gang programs.

“The major concern is the same kind of violence seen in Mexico will occur here in the United States,” McCaul said after the officials met in Houston. “The sheriff and I talked about operations he has been working on in terms of gang violence and how to stop the cartels from taking over routes in the Unites States. We also talked about his participation with the national counter terrorism center in Washington and his efforts in working with Mexico in getting better intelligence coming out of Mexico.”

The sheriff said they discussed federal funding and other ways that Congress can help the Sheriff’s Office confront narcotics trafficking, transnational cartels and domestic terrorism as well as everyday common thugs.

“It’s very important that we have members of Congress like Congressman McCaul who understand the need to stay focused on issues like the cartels, like international and domestic terrorism and to help local law enforcement develop those resources and those initiatives to do our fair share of keeping our community safe,” Garcia said.

The officials explained how Mexican drug cartels work with Houston gangs to market and distribute illegal drugs.

“We’ll put their butts in jail,” Sheriff Garcia said. “We don’t want them in Harris County, and we don’t want them to bring harm and we don’t want them to deteriorate our quality of life. With the support and backing of Congressman McCaul, we’re going to keep Harris County one of the safest counties in America.”




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