Operation Crackdown Hits Laredo

EL PASO — In an unusual partnership, the South Texas city of Laredo is teaming with the U.S. Border Patrol and the Texas National Guard to help rid itself of abandoned structures that have been labeled eyesores and havens for criminal activity.

The guard’s project, known as Operation Crackdown, is well-known across the state, having demolished 1,350 structures by the end of 2013, many of which had been identified as stash houses for drug runners or migrant smugglers.

But in Laredo, for the first time, the Border Patrol has joined the guard’s effort. Laredo officials announced this ...

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