Smugglers Hand Off Drugs Through New Border Fence

Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 02:46 PM

 

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NOGALES, Ariz. — A new type of border fence apparently has inspired 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 bundles of marijuana they seized were oddly shaped, Nogales International reports.

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.


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