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Agents Not Fooled by SUV Painted to Look Like Border Patrol Vehicle

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents often come across vehicles disguised to look like delivery or telecommunications trucks to fool law enforcement.

But what they came across last week was very rare. A Chevy Tahoe was painted took like a Border Patrol vehicle, Fox News reports. 

Agents noticed the cloned vehicle and pulled it over, finding 12 people stuffed in the back.

“There’s no fender, there’s no ground effect on any of our vehicles, Omar Zamora, an agent with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector, told KRGV-TV. “They’re actually pretty bare and about as high as we get the vehicle, because we do go off road.”

Zamora said the clone was an obvious fake.

“In the 18 years that I’ve been in the Border Patrol, we’ve seen UPS, FedEx trucks, Time Warner trucks, any kind of clones. Any business you can think of. The smugglers are trying to clone it to avoid law enforcement detection,” Zamora added.

Two Security Screeners Accused of Helping Drug Smuggler Get Meth on Plane

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing smugglers to carry methamphetamine through an airport checkpoint, SFGate reports.

According to the federal complaint, Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, of San Francisco, and Amanda Lopez, 27 of South San Francisco, were security screeners contracted with the TSA when they allowed alleged drug smuggler, 28-year-old Anibal Giovanni Ramirez to pass through security with drugs in the carry-on luggage.

The airport screeners were charged with accepting a bribe and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

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Border Patrol Fatally Shoots Drug Smuggling Suspect in South Texas

istock photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Agents returned fire Wednesday morning and killed a drug smuggling suspect near Roma, Texas, the Associated Press reports. 

The incident happened after Border Patrol agents came under fire while investigating suspected drug smugglers in the desert, the agency said.

The agency, which has pledged to be more transparent about agent-involved shootings, didn’t divulge many details Wednesday evening.

Border Patrol has come under fire for what some critics charge is a quick-trigger mentality, even when the threat is minimal.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Border Patrol Finds 9 Immigrants in Back of U-Haul Truck at Arizona Checkpoint

uhaul.com

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Arizona found nine immigrants locked inside the cargo area of a U-Haul, AzFamily.com reports.

Agent searched the trucks after becoming suspicious of the driver and passenger at a checkpoint near Amado.

Inside were eight adults and one juvenile who had no fresh air or ability to escape.

An undocumented immigrant was killed a similar way last summer.

“Transporting people inside the cargo area of a vehicle is extremely dangerous due to heat, the possibility of a vehicle accident, or other unforeseen circumstances,” the agency said in a statement.

Details Emerge in Death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Whose Attack Revealed ‘Fast & Furious’ Controversy

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Details of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the Arizona-Mexico border in 2010 were largely unknown – until now.

The Associated Press reports that armed men had sneaked into the U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers when the attack happened, according to an account given by prosecutors.

Watching the men from atop a small hill using night-vision gear, agents waited until the men got closer before yelling “police” in Spanish. The gunman opened fire, killing Terry.

“I’m hit,” Terry said, adding he couldn’t feel his legs.

Terry’s death revealed the government’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.

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Expensive Lifestyle Caught Up with Convicted Former Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The high life is expensive.

Just ask Lorne Leslie “Hammer” Jones, a former Border Patrol agent.

Jones was found guilty Friday of helping smugglers enter California from Mexico to help finance his ritzy lifestyle, UPI reports.

Feds say Jones took as much as a half-million dollars in payoffs in exchange for aiding the smuggling of marijuana and illegal immigrants.

Prosecutors said Jones lavished himself with luxuries like boats and football season tickets.

Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty To Helping Smuggle Undocumented Immigrant into U.S.

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping smuggle an undocumented Mexican immigrant into the U.S. in exchange for a bribe, the El Paso Times reports.

In a Las Cruces federal court, Gabriel Burke, 42, admitted he was persuaded to violate his official duty between December 2011 and February 2012.

Prosecutors allege Burke, who has been free on bond, accepted $1,100 to help the immigrant pass into the U.S., the El Paso Times reported.

When sentenced, Burke faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

Cameras Put Additional Eyes on Smugglers in Rio Grande Valley, Lead to Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cameras are helping Border Patrol make arrests in areas where agents can’t always monitor, the Brownsville Herald reports.

The technology in the lower Rio Grande Valley also helps agents keep an eye on the suspects while authorities move in. Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola said told the Herald.

Last week, agents seized more than 800 pounds of marijuana after a camera spotted nine people carrying bundles.

Without the cameras, agents may have gotten away, Border Patrol said.

“In the past, when a sensor was tripped we’d have to physically go out there and see if something happened,” Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola said. said. “But with this technology, we can continuously monitor a situation until agents are able to respond. … It allows us to do our job more efficiently and effectively.”

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