Note: groups coming up through res in south central AZ seem to be
Feb 27, 10:31 AM EST
Feds: NM-Texas border smuggle packs get smaller
DEMING, N.M. (AP) -- Border patrol agents say smuggling operations
have streamlined into smaller packs of younger, more aggressive men
who are increasing their use of the remote Texas-New Mexico desert.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/y9j5El ) that agents
say these younger illegal immigrants, some carrying 50 pounds of
drugs for several days, travel in groups of two to five and evade
capture by heading quickly to the mountain canyons of the Texas-New
The change comes as smugglers try to adjust to beefed-up, high-tech
security along the border that has resulted in large drops of border
arrests since 2006.
Bobby Stephens, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, says to
combat smaller smuggler groups in remote border regions, agents are
using horse patrols so they can move faster.
Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com