Increased Border Security Slows Drug Smuggling

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The prosecutor in the county with Vermont’s biggest international port of entry says he’s not worried about a growing number of busts on the border. Franklin County State’s Attorney James Hughes was reacting to news from other parts of the country that beefed up border security has resulted in a big spike in drug cases being sent to local prosecutors.

Hughes says he’s noted an increase since border security was stepped up following the attacks of September 11. But he says prosecuting such crimes is part of the job.

Franklin County includes the border station at the end of Interstate 89 in Highgate, on the main route between Boston and Montreal.

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