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May 13, 1986

The U.S. Customs Service plans to put 125 more agents in Texas as part of a "strike force" aimed at newly identified drug trafficking centers on the Texas-Mexico border and the Gulf Coast, Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) said. Gramm announced the increase in agents at a news conference in his Washington office. Gramm said the cost of the additional agents would be borne by lower priority Customs programs. He said that a total of about 200 agents would be added along the U.S.-Mexico border and that about 20 already had been hired.

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