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Drug cartels using simple tactic to evade US Border Patrol

September 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug cartels using simple tactic to evade US Border Patrol

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Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have some of the most superior security technology money can buy, with gear that includes radar-assisted cameras, underground movement sensors, and drones.

However, sometimes they are impeded by Mexican drug cartel couriers with only of shaggy rug scraps and Velcro-fastened to their feet.

In an uncomplicated but clever trick, cartel associates wear makeshift “carpet shoes” over their boots as they travel through the desert on the U.S. side of the border.

The soft soles don’t leave identifiable footprints, so Border Patrol officials can’t determine what direction drug smugglers are going or how many there are.

Arizona rancher Jim Chilton grasps the tactic well: He has compiled dozens of carpet shoes left behind by the cartel members as they cross through his property to go back to Mexico.

Chilton displayed his collection to journalists with the Daily Caller News Foundation, who are in Arizona to report about life and crime on the southwest border.

“They’re professionals,” Chilton stated, referring to the drug smugglers. “It’s their job — come in, drop loads, go back. They know this country better than anybody. With the Sinaloa cartel on the mountains, they have control of my ranch and other ranches along the border.”

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