Narcotics Interdiction Checkpoints | 420 Tribune

September 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Returning from a trip along one of our nation’s most highly trafficked interstates, I-20, I happened across this foreboding sign.  I didn’t have any bud on me at the time, but if you’re anything like me, you usually take a few bowls with you on road trips.  Almost instinctively, I pulled over.

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I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  They were going to shut down the entire interstate to check for suspicious vehicles and persons, as if crossing into Louisiana were crossing the Mexican border?  Bienvenue en Louisiane, indeed.

After snapping a few shots of the sign, I pulled back onto the highway, ready to take additional pictures once I arrived at the checkpoint.  However, the checkpoint never surfaced.  Now I understand why:

The local sheriff’s office had established the signs as a “ruse” to direct motorists to exit off the highway after viewing the warning of the upcoming DUI/Narcotics checkpoint.  In fact, there was no checkpoint further down I-40.  Instead, the sheriff set up a checkpoint at the end of the ramp of the first exit available to motorists after the posted signs, an exit not frequently used since no services were offered at the exit.


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