Tensions are growing between some border prosecutors and the federal government. As the number of drug possession cases along the border increases, the Feds are referring more and more of those cases to state prosecutors, who are concerned about the financial drain on their counties � so concerned that some border DAs soon may not take them anymore.

Laredo District Attorney Joe Rubio took action in mid-1997 by declining to accept any more drug possession cases referred to his office by the Feds. Rubio’s main concern was that the Feds dumped dope cases on the state without regard to the cost to the counties.

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