The Streets of Laredo

When I was trucking, I had been warned about problems the drug cartels were creating in Laredo, and most border towns. I can’t say that I ever had any problems when I was picking up loads or delivering loads in Laredo. In fact, one of the places where I picked up several loads was right next to the river between Mexico and Texas. I could look out my windows in my truck while getting loaded, and see the streets of Mexico. There was always a border patrol unit parked in the yard, where I picked up sand.

Other truckers told me stories of the cartels destroying the peace and tranquility of good communities with their greed and lawlessness. Thankfully, I never personally had a dangerous experience the likes of what I’d heard about. Most of the people in Laredo were nice and welcoming to me, but I never let my guard down. I felt it was important as a female running alone to protect myself in whatever way I could. I just used good judgement, and as an extra precaution, never stayed overnight in any border town.

Laredo itself isn’t a great city, and it’s a shame that in recent years it’s become unsafe to travel back and forth across the border. Hopefully that changes in the future for truckers on both sides.

Read more from author Robyn Mitchell!