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Border Patrol May Get More Surveillance Balloons Because of Success of Others

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are finding success with surveillance balloons that hover high above the Rio Grande and can zoom in on a license plate from miles away, the Valley Morning Star reports.

Border Patrol officials said more balloons are possible to keep more eyes in the sky.

The balloons are stationed in Rio Grande City, Penitas and near Falfurrias.

“We place them strategically in locations where there’s the most traffic,” agency spokesman Joe Gutierrez Jr. said. “Wherever the risk is greater, we focus resources and technology.”

The balloons, called aerostats, are surplus from the Army.


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