In Cameron County, drug busts aren’t all bad authorities say those seizure in turn help their department combat trafficking.

In Port Isabel, police say the recent arrest of Rafael Cardenas-Vela– an alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros, Tamaulipas– is a prime example.

Not only was it a major dismantling of a drug trafficking cell but Vela’s seized goods were auctioned off.

Port Isabel authorities add that the funds from the auction will be used to for new units and equipment, proceeds that don’t come from taxpayer dollars.