Federal law enforcement agencies on the southern border have thwarted recent attempts at human smuggling in Arizona, including “cloned” border guard government vehicles.
According to Twson Border Guard Chief John Modlin, a fake US Border Guard uniformed smuggler and 10 illegal immigrants were found by federal police in a vehicle made like a Border Guard SUV.
Border Guard Chief Raul Ortiz posted on Twitter Wednesday. “The migrant smuggling attempt included a driver in a fake USBP uniform.”
The case shows that a cartel, which charges thousands of dollars to take immigrants across the border to the United States, is trying to move people without being caught.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have not released any additional information regarding the incident.
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Such copycat vehicles are rare. In 2016, a fake border guard vehicle was handed over in Laredo, Texas. The Chevrolet Tahoe was remodeled like a government vehicle and had 12 people on board.
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Original author: Anna Giartelli
Original location: Smugglers caught the transport of illegal immigrants in vehicles painted like border guard SUVs