Attorney General Fox to Visit Southern U.S. Border
Trip will include border tours and briefings from DEA, Customs and Border Protection
**Fox to hold media availability from border via conference call on June 18**
On June 17-18, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Highway Patrol Colonel Tom Butler will visit and tour portions of the southern U.S. border. The tour will include briefings from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Customs and Border Protection. Former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will participate as well.
“The security of our nation’s southern border impacts communities all the way up here in Montana,” Attorney General Fox said. “We are experiencing a steady rise in meth and heroin seizures and cases, and most of it is coming into the U.S. from Mexico. We see the local impacts clearly: overdoses, violent crimes, child abuse and neglect, shattered families, and lives destroyed by substance abuse. Montana is working hard to address the crisis through enforcement, treatment, and prevention, but more must be done to stop the flow of illegal drugs through our southern border. Colonel Butler and I will visit the border and talk to the officers and agents who know the challenges firsthand.”
Attorney General Fox and Colonel Butler will visit ports of entry for persons, vehicles, and cargo in El Paso, Texas, where Customs and Border Protection officials will demonstrate screening and security techniques. They will also tour portions of the international border in New Mexico.
At 1pm on Tuesday, June 18, Attorney General Fox, Colonel Butler, and an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be available via conference call to discuss the border security situation and how it impacts Montana. Members of the press who are interested in joining the call should RSVP to John Barnes at 444-2031 and/or [email protected] for call-in information.
Over the last several years, Attorney General Fox has implemented several important measures aimed at combatting drugs and substance abuse in Montana. These include:
- creating a criminal interdiction team focused on illegal narcotics, human trafficking, recovering stolen or illegal firearms, and apprehending wanted fugitives (this year the legislature approved a second interdiction team);
- launching the AID Montana initiative, a broad-based and long-term effort to address Montana’s the substance abuse problem;
- expanding drug treatment courts, which provide an effective alternative to incarceration for many in the criminal justice system;
- creating the Montana Highway Patrol’s first-ever K-9 narcotic units, which operate around the state;
- reforming and investing new resources in the state crime laboratory, including creating a satellite lab in Billings to reduce case turnaround times and speed up prosecutions.