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Smugglers hand off drugs through new border fence

Published: Tue, September 27, 2011 @ 2:51 p.m.

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A new type of border fence is apparently forcing drug smugglers to change the way they move their cargo from Mexico to the U.S.

The Nogales International reports that law enforcement officers in Arizona recently noticed that some bundles of marijuana they seized were oddly shaped.

Lt. Gerry Castillo of the Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force says investigators first thought the 48 pounds of marijuana wrapped in thin tubular packages had been prepared for easy transport through a tunnel. But the bundles weren’t dirty.

That’s when investigators realized the packages had likely been passed between the bars of the new border fence. It features concrete-filled steel tubes with an approximately 4-inch space between them.

The new $11.6 million, 2.8-mile fence near Nogales was completed this summer.


1VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm sure if they pass a new law making it illegal to own tubes of marijuana, it will stop, because we all know how effective passing new laws can be.

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2ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Boarder Patrol is a freaking joke in this country.

Build all the fences you want, it won't stop much.

The tunnels will continue. People will slingshot loads over the fence and people will just handoff as we see here.

Boarder Patrol needs to go to the damn border.

If you head to Canada border area Patrol is at the border.

Head to Mexico border and Patrol is 50-100 miles north of the border.

It's no wonder this stuff ends up here and problems persist.

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Is it time to build double walls 50 feet apart with a jeep lane in between for the patrols or is it time to give up, change our immigration and drug laws and move on?

I believe there is an easier solution to this, but we are presently unwilling to move in that direction because of politcal correctness issues.

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4snydro0108(61 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I say go to all 5 boroughs of NYC and get the gangsters to go to the border and just tell them to have at it.

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