Tactical boat helps protect U.S. borders

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Despite being hundreds of miles from Texas, Southwest Florida is helping protect the border with Mexico. Now when drug smugglers hit the water, law enforcement will have the tools and training for the job.

The Rio Grande River between Texas and Mexico is often used as a gateway for drug trafficking.

"All types of drugs, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines," said John Madden of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Madden came to Fort Myers Beach to see his newest tool in fighting crime.

"This isn't a pleasure vessel. We're not going to go fishing in the Bahamas we're going to take out other boats," said Jay Rodriguez of the Fort Myers Police Department.

The boat is a tank on water with six gun mounts and bulletproof glass.

Click here for the full report by WVZD-TV News that shows what the boat is capable of.