Indeed, Donald Trump was vocal about one particular crime when fighting his U.S. presidential campaign back in 2016. Trump referenced illegal immigration and drug smuggling at the U.S./Mexican border in many of his election speeches, and his proposed solution – a wall between the two countries – divided opinion. But there is another form of smuggling the president didn’t comment on.
You see, it’s not just drugs that smugglers transport across Mexico and over the border into the U.S. In fact, animal trafficking is also big business among the country’s criminal element. Mexican law enforcers are well aware of this and are on the front line in the war against the illegal wildlife trade. And never was this more evident than in April 2018.
That month, cops sprang into action when they stopped a suspicious vehicle on an Oaxaca highway. Officers from the Federal Police of Mexico (FPM) noticed the pickup truck being driven erratically on the road. The truck’s driver was veering across the road and paying no attention to lane dividers.