US: Smugglers Exploit 4-Inch Border Fence Gaps, But Calif. Not At Risk

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Drug smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico border have found a crack in the nation’s defenses — but officials insist California is not at risk.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports on a new type of border fence that is apparently forcing drug smugglers to change the way they move their cargo from Mexico to the U.S.

Law enforcement officers in Arizona recently noticed that some recently-seized bundles of marijuana were oddly shaped.

Investigators first believed the 48 pounds of marijuana wrapped in thin tubular packages had been prepared for easy transport through a tunnel.

The only problem: the bundles were completely free of dirt.

That’s when investigators realized the packages had likely been passed between the bars of the fence along the Arizona border that features concrete-filled steel tubes with an approximately 4-inch space between them — just large enough to allow packages to squeeze through.

But according to Border Patrol agent Rodolfo Zuniga, due to the sheer volume that smugglers are often transporting, that method won’t work along California’s border.

“What we’ve seen recently is smuggling through the traditional land border via ultra-light aircraft and tunnels,” said Zuniga.

Border officials said they are prepared for any new methods smugglers may attempt in order to get drugs into the U.S.

  • Mars Updy

    There’s only one way to make sure that the borders are effectively monitored, the U.S. military. Get our troops out of the Middle Earth and get them on our borders – -both borders. We can’t trust the Canadian either.

    • T

      @ mars – I was talking to my mom the other day and she was telling me there was a rather large bust there recently too (she lives in between 2 reservations, one on the Canadian side one on the American side in NY) So – Cant really argue with your logic…..its just as bad there as it is in every other state …. Except the area is somewhat remote – people dont pay attention the way they do out here….

    • Styker 21

      Patrol our borders with Apache and Cobra attack helicopters,leave the dead bodies for the animals to eat. If they get past the helicopters, have a 100 yard mine field. If they survive that, sign the guest book and welcome to America.
      Have our bombers do their thing two miles on the USA side and twenty five miles in to the third world toilet.

  • wow

    Officials would say California is not at risk. It’s a typical liberal response.

  • J

    In this instance, if pot were legal this wouldn’t be a problem now would it?

  • HollywoodSaint

    Im confused. did they find a crack or did they find crack?

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