Border Patrol Seizures Up With Help of Mapping Device (The Galveston County Daily News)
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Border Patrol Seizures Up With Help of Mapping Device (The Galveston County Daily News)

January 26, 2007 -- EDINBURG, Texas — In a windowless room in an ultra-secure wing of the Rio Grande Valley's Border Patrol sector headquarters, a huge map erupts into a telling pattern of red dots.

It's a real-time picture of hundreds of agents making apprehensions, data that streams into the "Border Intelligence Center" through global positioning systems, tripped sensors, and reports called in from agents in the field and on the Rio Grande.

It's a user-friendly mapping system that, in the year since beginning operations, has helped the Border Patrol uncover smuggling routes and find drugs, officials said. In December, for example, drug seizures were up 181 percent over the same time in 2005, sector chief Lynne Underdown said.



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