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Morning Roundup - September 4th

From Homeland Security Today, on a new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico on a new cross-border communications network:

The governments of the United States and Mexico signed an agreement Wednesday to build a new cross-border communications network to enable international communication between law enforcement agencies dealing with border security issues.

Officials of the United States-Mexico High-Level Consultative Commission on Telecommunications (HLCC) signed an agreement that set up an international working group to oversee the creation and operation of the communications network, managed by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Mexican Secretariat of Public Safety (SSP). The network, when completed, would provide law enforcement agencies with the means to transmit voice, data and video to enable collaborative responses to border incidents.

The HLCC agreement essentially establishes a framework for interoperable communications between federal, state, local, and tribal agencies that use the network.

The nations also would provide protection to the network, called the Cross Border Public Security Communications Network, from radio interference.


From the Bellingham Herald, on a Border Patrol seizure:

US Border Patrol agents seized about $3 million worth of Ecstasy and cocaine near Sumas Wednesday night, Sept. 2.

The agents were patrolling along the border when they spotted two people's footprints and the tracks of a heavy object being dragged along a row in a raspberry patch that went south from the U.S.-Canadian border, Agent Mike Bermudez said.

The footprints, which were eventually traced back to Canada, stopped in a residential area and the agents began searching the immediate area, Bermudez said.

While searching in some farm equipment, they located a large hockey bag that contained three backpacks, Bermudez said.


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