Of course, smuggling drugs to satiate American demand remains very lucrative:
U.S.authorities raised a tall curtain of steel through this tiny Arizonaborder town to prevent people crossing illegally from , the smugglers on the south side were ready. Using blowtorches and welding gear they burned a rectangular gate in the barrier large enough to drive a truck through, then they sealed it with a padlock to use it at their leisure, border police say. Mexico
U.S.government pushes ahead with an unprecedented security buildup along the porous border in this presidential election year, profit-hungry Mexican drug and human smugglers the length of the line are raising their game. Border police are encountering ingenious and often simply brazen attempts to foil security at both the ports of entry and empty spaces along the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200-km) border by human and drug smuggling organizations… Mexico
Ongoing measures to erect 670 miles of new fence on the border are credited with helping to cut arrests to some 870,000 last year from 1.1 million. Nevertheless, smugglers are trying and, in many cases succeeding, in breaching every kind of barrier thrown in their paths.
Sturdy steel posts have been sunk in the ground in many areas to stop vehicles crossing north, although drug traffickers have responded by building elaborate vehicle ramps to drive cars over the top, border police say. "It's like the old show 'The Dukes of Hazzard,' cars flying through the air," said James Jacques, a supervisory Border Patrol in
San Diego, Calif.
Illegal border crossers are also routinely beating pedestrian barriers using ladders tailor-made in clandestine Mexican workshops, border police say, while others have used screwdrivers to try to clamber over new 14-foot tall, steel-mesh barriers designed to deny handholds.
In recent years,
has developed into a principal route in the international drugs trade. US authorities believe about 80 per cent of the cocaine consumed in the Mexico UScomes through . Mexico
Several cartels, including the Arrellano Félix group, have become rich in the process. According to
official estimates, the gangs earn as much as $13.8bn a year through drugs smuggling. US