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Note: We have been hearing of major increases of cross border
activity over the past couple days

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 02:18
Written by AZBDNews
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 01:39
AZ Border Defenders trail cameras continue to catch video of illegal
aliens, drug smugglers and now an armed drug smuggler 30 miles North
of the border. This video shows two Drug Smugglers walking down an
active drug and human smuggling trail. The first Drug Smuggler is
carrying an AK-47 with him.

Note: had to include this one. Can go to webpage to see photos. No
info on status of vehicle.

On the fence: SUV gets stuck in smuggling attempt
October 30, 2012 8:08 PM

Two men attempting to enter the United States illegally early Tuesday
morning were thwarted when their SUV got stuck on top of the border
fence 20 miles west of Yuma.

Shortly after midnight, Border Patrol agents patrolling the Imperial
Sand Dunes encountered a silver Jeep Cherokee attempting to drive
over the International Boundary fence using a make-shift ramp
extending from Mexico into the United States.

The ramp's flawed design caused the Jeep to become "high centered,"
and unable to move as it drove over the precipice of the 14-feet-high

When the agents approached the stranded vehicle, two men fled into
Mexico. The agents removed the Jeep from the fence, and seized both
the vehicle and the ramp.

It was unknown if there had been any contraband in the vehicle prior
to the arrival of the agents "but we are assuming that there was,"
said Border Patrol Agent Spencer Tippets, public affairs officer for
the Yuma Sector. "The back of the vehicle was opened, so it appears
that they took all that out before the agents arrived."

Construction of the border fence, in combination with other
interdiction measures, has helped to slow the tide of smugglers
entering the country illegally in the Yuma area, Tippets said.

"When smuggling organizations make an attempt like this, it helps us
to realize how successful we really are here in the Yuma Sector.
Before they didn't have to use drastic measures. But now that the
border has essentially been shut down in this area, they are left
with only drastic measures — things that they wouldn't normally ever
even consider."

In April 2011, Half a million dollars worth of marijuana was seized
from smugglers who used a portable truck ramp to illegally enter the
U.S. near the southern-most end of Foothills Boulevard.

"It was kind of a similar attempt," Tippets said. "In that instance
they were successful in getting the vehicle over, but agents found
them and seized the vehicle."

Border Patrol Agents will remain vigilant against all attempts by
smugglers to enter the US illegally, Tippets added.
"We will continue to stop them every opportunity we have."

Tuesday's seizure happened in the vicinity of where Border Patrol
Agent Luis Aguilar was killed in 2007 when he was deliberately struck
by a vehicle while attempting to deploy a controlled tire deflation

Chris McDaniel can be reached at or 539-6849.

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Border Patrol seizes $218k worth of marijuana
October 31, 2012 10:18 PM
U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Wellton Station
apprehended 10 suspected drug smugglers and seized approximately 437
pounds of marijuana during separate incidents over the past few days.

On Wednesday, agents patrolling south of Gila Bend discovered six
sets of footprints believed to belong to drug smugglers. Agents then
began to track the footprints, eventually apprehending the suspects,
who were found to be carrying more than 200 pounds of marijuana.

The marijuana, worth $101,000, was seized and the six suspected
smugglers were arrested and processed for prosecution.

On Friday, agents who were patrolling in the same area apprehended
four individuals traveling on foot through the desert, carrying
bundles of marijuana.

The marijuana, with a total weight of 235 pounds, was worth $117,500.
The marijuana and suspects were turned over to the Maricopa County
Sheriff's Office.

Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the
community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border
Patrol and remain anonymous

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