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Latino Daily News

Friday May 25, 2012

Crossing into the U.S. from Mexico? You Could be Smuggling in Drugs Underneath Your Car

Authorities say Mexican drug smugglers are using unsuspecting drivers to move the drugs for them.

Using strong magnets taped to the drugs to be transported, drug smugglers attach the drugs to the under side of vehicles and wait for the drivers to “carry” the illegal cargo across the border for them.

Drivers with SENTRI passes are granted rapid border crossing. However, these drivers are being targeted as their quick crossing makes them ideal unsuspecting drug smugglers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials say they are away of the drug traffickers’ new tactics and say they are working to identify and dismantle those behind this scheme.

However, ICE spokesperson Lauren Mack recently told News 8, ‘The bottom line is you are responsible to know what’s in your car, so be aware there are these kinds of schemes and be careful what you’re bringing back.’