"Dallas County Clear Air Task Force a Model for Others"

"It's not the kind of crime that's likely to appear on CSI.

But counterfeit vehicle-inspection stickers that end up in Dallas County have links to deadly drug gangs in Mexico and human smuggling. They contribute to health-threatening pollution problems that also constrain business development in North Texas.

And many vehicles that appear to have valid inspection stickers instead may have faulty brakes or bald tires or some other safety hazard — deadly accidents waiting to happen. Combating the problem is a low-profile unit staffed mostly by deputy constables that conducts inspections, surveillance and undercover operations throughout Dallas County.

The Dallas County Clean Air Task Force is credited with making a significant dent in counterfeiting and noncompliance with vehicle-inspection laws, and also serves as a model for other communities throughout the state."

Ed Timms and Kevin Krause report for the Dallas Morning News January 17, 2011.

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"It's not the kind of crime that's likely to appear on CSI.

But counterfeit vehicle-inspection stickers that end up in Dallas County have links to deadly drug gangs in Mexico and human smuggling. They contribute to health-threatening pollution problems that also constrain business development in North Texas.

And many vehicles that appear to have valid inspection stickers instead may have faulty brakes or bald tires or some other safety hazard — deadly accidents waiting to happen. Combating the problem is a low-profile unit staffed mostly by deputy constables that conducts inspections, surveillance and undercover operations throughout Dallas County.

The Dallas County Clean Air Task Force is credited with making a significant dent in counterfeiting and noncompliance with vehicle-inspection laws, and also serves as a model for other communities throughout the state."

Ed Timms and Kevin Krause report for the Dallas Morning News January 17, 2011.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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