Photo: smuggler mug shots
On Fridays, anyone traveling across the U.S.-Mexico border will now see fliers exposing the mug shots of dozens of suspected smugglers as part of a program that aims to get information leading to the arrests of these people. This new information campaign has been dubbed ‘Information Wanted’.
The mug shots are of those wanted for smuggling drugs as well as people and all are on the U.S. Border Patrol’s Agency’s most-wanted list. Border patrol agents are handing out the fliers, currently with 30 faces on them, once a week, and all callers remain anonymous.
“We want to reach the public as much as possible, and hope to put up billboards and even TV ads in the future,” said Eric Cantu, a Border Patrol spokesman. Cantu added that agents on both the U.S. and Mexico side are displaying and handing out the fliers.
In June, “Information Wanted” started in California before going nationwide, and the Border Patrol’s El Centro Sector has received many calls already, said a spokesman for that sector. “Two of the people featured on our billboard have already been apprehended,” he said.
Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to call 1-877-872-7435.