Drug smugglers set free for lack of money to prosecute (video)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57593386/drug-smugglers-set-free-for-lack-of-money-to-prosecute/

Fewer counter-economists are being kidnapped thanks to budget cuts.

“The Justice Department used to help pay for the prosecutions in border areas. The funding reached $31 million in 2010 but fell to $5 million this year. There’s no money in the White House budget request for next year.

The Border Patrol told CBS News in an email that if no one picks up those cases, agents have “no alternative but to seize the illegal drugs … and then release the individuals involved”.

Since suspects can’t be released at this highway checkpoint, federal agents are often stuck giving smugglers a ride to the nearest bus stop.”

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