It all happened in the very same Texas county where we recently reported on an officer threatening a driver for recording them.
Now, Texas Border Sheriff’s Deputy Amy Reyes is now being slapped with federal drug smuggling charges. This comes on the heels of her arrest at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint north of Laredo, Texas. That’s where agents found her vehicle packed with illegal drugs she had been smuggling, under the shield of her badge.
Court records say that Deputy Amy Reyes had been employed by the Starr County Sheriff’s Office. That career was recently brought to an end when she and her brother Bobby Reyes were busted at the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Hebbronville.
A drug-sniffing dog tipped officers to illegal drugs under Reyes’ car, as well as two secret compartments that were stuffed with more than 75 pounds of marijuana bundles.
Now you may be thinking “so what, who cares, it’s just marijuana.” We’re with you on that. The plant should not be demonized, nor prohibited by the State. There is no question about that.
But the reality is that the prohibition of this plant bolsters black markets which corrupt law enforcement participate in and financially thrive off of. Meanwhile, they arrest anyone – predominantly those black and brown – who are caught selling the plant, because they are not in on their racket.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration got Reyes to confess that she was going to be paid $1,000 just for driving from Rio Grande City to Houston. This was only one of many times she had made the drive, as well as others similar to this arrangement.
Back in 2005, Cameron County Sheriff Conrado Cantu was arrested after it was revealed that he was on the payroll of the heads of the Gulf Cartel in exchange and aided them in the protection of their smuggling operations.
This is why marijuana is illegal. It is not because the plant is dangerous, or a “gate way drug.” It is illegal because corrupt members of the United States government and law enforcement are making money hand over fist from the illegal black market trade of the plant… Meanwhile, if anyone else tries to get in on the trade, they might find themselves locked in a cage for years or even decades.