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Rail-based drug trafficking worries Texas authorities

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DALLAS (AP) — The threat of railroad-based drug trafficking has become a major concern for law-enforcement officials in northern Texas, according to a report by a multiagency drug control task force.

The report by the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program says the area is an ideal hub for drug trafficking because of its central location and easy access to transportation. And it said Amtrak's plans to start a Dallas-to-New York route next year will expand smuggling opportunities.

"Drug dealers are very dynamic, and they use any means they can," said John Brown, special agent in charge at the Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas office. "So if Amtrak has a route from a good transportation hub like Dallas to anyplace in the Northeast, they'll jump on the opportunity."