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Border Patrol agents in Arizona seize drugs and radio communications system from cartel smugglers

December 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents in Arizona seize drugs and radio communications system from cartel smugglers

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Federal Border Patrol agents continue to come across sophisticated drug cartel trafficking operations run by smugglers using radio communication systems, scouts, and other measures to evade detection.

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona utilized dogs to follow and apprehend a group of drug smugglers traveling along an isolated mountain pass. Officials seized 224 pounds of marijuana and a bag with nine pounds of meth. The agents took a 32-year-old Mexican into custody but were unable to grab the other smugglers.

Accorsing to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, the arrest occurred after a seizure in Yuma, where U.S. Border Patrol agents busted 15 smugglers and seized 350 pounds of pot.

The suspects also had radios, phones, and high-end binoculars in their possession. Agents guarding the border arrested a group of six who had illegally entered the U.S.

While searching the suspects, authorities discovered five Motorola radios, ten batteries, one charger, eight phones, one auxiliary charger, and two binoculars. Soon after, agents seized approximately 350 pounds of marijuana and took nine additional mules into custody.

The application of communications systems exemplifies the use of surveillance teams or “scouts” who are used by Mexican cartels to help smugglers avoid capture.

The sophistication used by the groups is something seen in Arizona due to the value of the drugs being brought across the border and the presence of rip crews looking to rob drug loads at gunpoint.

In some instances, cartel smuggling groups have dispatched crews of gunmen to escort their smugglers.

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