If you have friends or family heading to a popular spring break destination chances are law enforcement agencies are out in full force. South Padre Island, Texas is no exception and a presence of security is virtually everywhere. News Center 23’s Derick Garcia spoke with SPI Chief of Police Randy Smith as Texas Week kicked off.
“[South Padre Island] adds on jailers, we add-on code enforcement, we add on public works, we add on court personnel so all the way it’s a complete and across-the-board situation where we beefed up everything in the city all services”
Chief Smith, opted not to disclose how many law enforcement personnel are on a shift for security purposes but did confirm agencies from across the Rio Grande Valley and areas of Texas are on South Padre Island to assist.
Monday afternoon, our cameras caught one spring breaker being taken away in handcuffs.
Texas Game Wardens, South Padre Island Police and Officer Matthew Garcia with the Natalia Police Department responded were on the scene. Officer Garcia explained why the spring breaker was arrested,
“Too many occupants in a vehicle and not enough seatbelts. [Number of occupants and seatbelts] has to match and upon consent to search, narcotics were revealed in the vehicle [officers found] marijuana and ecstasy.” The other passengers in the vehicle were not arrested or given a citation.
“We do this every year and we put together a great plan. We have all these extra officers and personnel and the events or really watched closely so this is a good safe bet” said Chief Smith.
Spring break Texas week runs Saturday, March 11th through Sunday, March 19th.