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Tucson, Az - Suspected Smugglers Caught On Video Scaling US Border Fence

Published on: March 31, 2016 10:38 PM
Last updated on: April 1, 2016 08:35 AM
By: AP
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Tucson, AZ -  A Mexican journalist got the scoop of a lifetime when she spotted two suspected drug smugglers scaling a tall border fence from Mexico into the U.S. and then promptly climbing back after they realized they were being filmed.

Journalist Carolina Rocha of Azteca Noticias in Mexico City was in Nogales, Arizona, reporting on the U.S. Border Patrol’s use of force March 16 when she spotted two young men in black t-shirts and jeans climbing down the fence in daylight. Footage shows them carrying large backpacks that were likely holding drugs, walking while hunched over and then hiding behind some bushes and talking on what appears to be a phone before realizing the camera was recording.

“Don’t record,” one of the men says.

But Rocha was already rolling and not willing to stop. She told the men she was just doing her job.


“It was shocking. This is happening in front of me? And we didn’t’ stop recording,” Rocha said in Spanish during an interview with The Associated Press.

The cameras rolled for about three minutes before the men climbed back up the fence and returned to Mexico.

Rocha said she was stunned at how quickly they scaled the fence, which is over 20 feet high. The men were gone within seconds.

She was also struck by the fact that there were three U.S. Border Patrol trucks within yards of the incident. No agents approached the men.

Border Patrol spokesman Mark Landess said it’s not uncommon for smugglers to scale the steel fence, especially around Nogales, which is a busy drug smuggling corridor.

Landess said it’s impossible to know why the agents didn’t respond or whether they even saw the men.

“They might be waiting for something else to happen. There’s no way to make an educated comment on that,” Landess said.

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 03:58 AM realistic Says:

How high would Mr. Trump build the fence?! Just proves that if drug smugglers want to get in they will find a way


 Apr 01, 2016 at 05:21 PM rationalman Says:

it's not only the fence.....allow the border patrol to do their job, shoot at those that scale the wall, then you have a plan....if you read the article it describes 3 trucks with border guards right there.....unfortunately the leader of the country insists on a stand down policy


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