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US Smugglers thwarted after making 'brazen smuggling attempt' by cutting hole in border fence near Campo

12:15  22 november  2019
12:15  22 november  2019 Source:   sandiegouniontribune.com

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Two human smuggling attempts were thwarted by Border Patrol and Mexican police after they observed groups of migrants attempting to cross into the United States from Baja California by cutting holes in a border fence . Border Patrol Agents observed groups of migrants attempting to cut

" Smugglers often attempt to cut border fences ; dig under them; climb over them; and even throw things over the fence ," Border Patrol spokeswoman Nicole Ballistrea said in a written statement. "As the Tucson Sector continues to improve deterrence efforts along the border

Border Patrol agents said they stopped a "brazen smuggling attempt" in East County Wednesday when they found someone had driven a stolen utility truck carrying 16 people through a hole that had been cut in the border fence.

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The breach in the fencing, which is made of old landing mats and was contructed in the 1990s, was discovered by agents around 3:45 p.m. near Campo, said Border Patrol Agent Theron Francisco.

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About 15 minutes later, agents found a man with bolt cutters trying to cut a lock on a Campo property owner's gate. Agents tried to pull over the man's vehicle, a white Dodge 4500 utility truck later discovered to be stolen, but he took off driving.

After a short pursuit that cut through several private properties, the truck stopped and the driver and passengers ran off.

Fifteen passengers and the 27-year-old driver were tracked down and arrested, officials said. All 16 admitted to entering the country without authorization and were taken to a Border Patrol station for processing. No injuries were reported.

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A gang of smugglers returned at midnight, and Dan went into the town and chalked a mark of the exciseman's door (presumably so that he would not Being made sure of their prize the ruffians soon followed, and one of them beat in the door with the sledge hammer, whilst another stood in the street

The group included nine Mexican national males between the ages of 15 and 53; five Mexican national females between the ages of 18 and 40; a 28-year-old Guatemalan man and a 29-year-old Guatemalan woman, officials said. The truck was seized and the driver will be criminal prosecuted.

The fence opening remained Thursday and a Border Patrol agent was stationed near it to keep people from entering the county illegally. "We just have an agent there that will guard it until it is fixed," Francisco said.

Francisco said the Dodge was stolen in the U.S. and driven into Mexico before it was brought back into the country by the alleged smuggler.

Such "drive thru" incursions of the older border fence are common, particularly when there is dense fog or heavy rain that cuts down on visibility and makes roads more difficult to travel, Francisco said. The incursion occurred in an area where the new fence hasn't been constructed.

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" Smugglers often attempt to cut border fences ; dig under them; climb over them; and even throw things over the fence ," Border Patrol spokeswoman Nicole Ballistrea said in a written statement. "As the Tucson Sector continues to improve deterrence efforts along the border

"A vehicle drive-thru, with overloaded and unsecured passengers, particularly in this terrain, can certainly result in a rollover accident with serious injuries and death," San Diego Sector Interim Chief Douglas Harrison said in a statement. "The breach of this old landing mat wall is illustrative of the need for more hardened infrastructure with greater impedance and denial capabilities to keep the area secure."

He added that he was "proud" of his agents' "steadfast vigilance" that stopped the smuggling attempt.

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