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Tag: drug smugglers

Mexico Comes Clean: Our Soldiers Were in Standoff with U.S. Border Patrol

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

After blanket denials, Mexican officials are admitting that two Mexican soldiers – not smugglers – were in a standoff with Border Patrol agents in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mexico had denied soldiers were involved but finally came clean about the Jan. 26 confrontation.

The soldiers claimed they were looking for drug smugglers.

But some question whether they were really helping drug cartels.

Drug Traffickers Increasingly Taking to High Seas to Avoid Driving Across U.S. Border

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug smugglers are a stubborn bunch.

When security is tight, smugglers find another way into the country.

The Associated Press reports that drug traffickers are increasingly using boats to reach the U.S.

They take the Pacific Ocean from Mexico and South America to California.

Smugglers likely are finding the task easier too because the Coast Guard – the only U.S. military service capable of making arrests so far offshore – lost a quarter of its operating costs last year.

 

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Border Patrol Says Mountaintop Drug Spotters Eluding Authorities Because of Rules of Engagement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol told senators Tuesday that rules of engagement are too constraining and making it difficult to combat armed drug cartel spotters while atop U.S. mountains, the Washington Times reports.

Cartels traditionally send out spotters on U.S. territory to inspect border protection. 

Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher said his agents can’t shoot the spotters like U.S. troops could in Afghanistan, for instance. The rules of engagement are much stricter on U.S. soil, Fisher said.

“The rules of engagement, what we call our ‘use of force,’ applies to individuals on the street or whether they’re up on a mountaintop,” he told the Senate panel.

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Two Border Patrol Agents Accused of Forcing Immigrants to Strip, Eat Marijuana, on Trial

 
 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents accused of forcing drug smugglers to strip and eat marijuana are on trial this week on civil rights charges, the Huffington Post reports.

Authorities said the border patrol agents left the four undocumented immigrants, wearing nothing but their underwear, to fend for themselves in the cold desert in November 2008, Huffington Post wrote.

The agents did not arrest the alleged victims, Dario Castillo and Ramon Zuniga.

Castillo also faces a charge of tampering with a witness.

Border Patrol Urges Locals to Help Track Down Elusive Drug Smugglers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Not even 39-foot-high speed boats with 1,200 horsepower is enough for Border Patrol to hunt down all smugglers along the U.S. coast 36 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico, Fox News reports.

Agents are now asking for local residents to help in the hunt.

“We are actively pursuing this and we are asking for the public’s help because we can’t be everywhere,” agent Edward Cleary said during a Del Mar City Council meeting on Jan. 14, according to The Coast News.

The feds need more eyes looking out for boats that drop off drugs along the coast to getaway trucks, Fox News wrote.

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Can’t Drive Drugs Across Border? Try Launching Them with a Cannon

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Drug smugglers are using a new technique to get their product across the U.S.-Mexico border, Huffington Post reports.

Instead of risking the drive across, some smugglers are launching drugs over the border using a canon.

The Huffington Post wrote that 33 cans of marijuana were spotted in a field Friday near a border crossing near the Colorado River.

Agents found a carbon dioxide tank and 85 pounds of pot.

Border Patrol officials said they are preparing to combat the new smuggling technique.

Authorities Concerned Drug Smugglers Increasingly Turning to Tunnels

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the past two weeks, law enforcement in Arizona has found two tunnels near the Mexican border, the Arizona Republic reported.

The paper reported that authorities are becoming increasingly concerned that that drug smugglers are turning more to tunnels as a way to smuggle drugs as the U.S. tightens things up at the border.

In Douglas, Az., law enforcement last week found a large hole in the floor of a house with mounds of dirt piled high in other rooms, the paper reported. The hole was the opening for a tunnel drug smugglers were digging from the U.S. to Mexico.

The paper reported that this summer the Border Patrol finished putting up new fencing in Nogales, a border town, so agents can see the other side. That has made it harder for smugglers to avoid detection.

“As smuggling organizations have more trouble moving their contraband both between the ports of entry and through the ports of entry due to increased technology and vigilance at the ports, then they will turn to more of these covert measures,” Vincent Picard, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix, told the paper.

 

 

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