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Smugglers Using Barbed Wire Traps Against Border Agents

March 30, 2010  | 

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Drug smugglers have apparently set "booby traps" for U.S. Border Patrol agents on roads along the border near Deming, agency officials said Monday.

The devices consist of barbed wire stretched like clotheslines across trails used by agents on all-terrain vehicles. The lines, which are difficult to spot, are about four feet off the ground and appear to be intended to knock a rider off the ATV. There have been no known injuries.

It isn't the first time such a tactic has been used by smugglers in the desolate desert south of Deming and west of El Paso.

Two years ago, a rancher informed the Border Patrol of two wires found stretched along a dirt road in a similar fashion. At that time, officials said it appeared the lines were targeting agents who frequently patrolled on ATVs.

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Morning Eagle @ 3/30/2010 9:06 PM

When are we going to learn to stop being so nice to those drug smugglers and start treating them as they deserve? Anyone who has ever accidentally slammed into a barbed wire fence or seen a horse or cow tangled in one understands just how cruel and dangerous this kind of booby trap is.

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