December 24, 2008   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

When a Fence is Not a Fence
Smugglers Use Ramps Over Border "Fence"

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix -- December 24
Short vehicle barriers A and B are used all along the border -- See Sasabe / See Lukeville -- Taller fencing now being installed (C) is more effective

Pot-smuggling ring sophisticated, authorities say
     The drug dealers had the standard hallmarks of their trade — hundreds of bales of marijuana, fleets of stolen cars, bundles of cash and a small arsenal of weapons.
    But these Mexico-to-Arizona drug runners were different: They had radio towers set up in the desert to communicate with each other, as many as 50 scouts scattered through the rugged border country to direct the operation, and a mobile ramp to help vehicles hop the border fence
    "The ramp trucks are new," said John Stonehouse, an airborne officer with Customs and Border Patrol in Tucson. "The creation of the border fence resulted in the creation of the ramp truck. I'm sure the design was a copy off military ramping systems."
American Patrol Report Comment
    The smugglers crossed at the Tohono O'odham Reservation using ramps to get over the "fence." Most of the so-called fence on the Reservation and all along the border for miles in either direction is not a fence at all, but a short "vehicle barrier," easily handled by a ramp. (In fact, smugglers used a ramp to scale a 10-foot fence.)
    Newer 18-foot fencing would be nearly impossible to ramp over. "The government should stop calling these things fences when they are not," said Glenn Spencer of APR. Spencer said all vehicle barriers and short fencing should be replaced with double-layered 18-foot fencing.

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