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Posted: 6/2/2010 10:03:59 AM EDT
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7032069.html

They've disguised themselves as movers, mail couriers, repairmen and now, even lawmen.

Drug traffickers are getting so much bolder and creative that a man recently was snared in South Texas dressed as a sheriff's deputy and driving a pickup outfitted with emergency lights and painted to look convincingly official.

Almost.

The truck caught the attention of border agents last week who noticed the decals were a bit different than those used on the Webb County Sheriff's Office vehicles, said Jason Darling, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Laredo Sector.

“There were subtle differences,” Darling said. “They were able to take one look at it and know something was out of place.”

Stuffed in the cab of the four-door F150 pickup were 1,000 pounds of marijuana, according to the Border Patrol, which made the arrest northeast of Laredo.

The driver, Oscar J. Garcia, was headed to Houston wearing a security guard badge with his uniform but no gun, according to the arrest affidavit. He has been charged with drug trafficking in federal court in Corpus Christi.

“I have nothing to say to you all,” he reportedly told agents when arrested.

The words “Webb County Sheriff” and “911” blazed from the side of the truck, complete with a fake serial number on the tailgate. Authorities confirmed their suspicions that the truck was a fake by contacting the Sheriff's Office, which said it didn't have any trucks in the area.

“This was not only a cloned vehicle, but a uniform was part of this,” said Webb County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Maru De La Paz, adding that there's no way to know how many other fake police ruses traffickers might be using.

“It could be a sheriff, could be (Department of Public Safety), could be anything out there. Law enforcement agencies are paying attention,” she said.

Previous smuggling attempts have included disguising drivers to look like express-mail company employees, oil field workers and Texas state government employees.

“We take it as desperation from smugglers,” Darling said, “the lengths smugglers will go to move their contraband into the United States.”
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:22:00 AM EDT
The drug runners even buy the same SUV's and paint them/ mark them the same as BP vehicles down there...There is one @ FLETC that was interdicted and used for training...

Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:25:03 AM EDT







“We take it as desperation from smugglers,” Darling said, “the lengths smugglers will go to move their contraband into the United States.”






Yeah, they're the desperate ones.  


 
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:31:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/2/2010 4:37:15 PM EDT by hubcityraider]
pic went bad
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:39:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:43:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tango7:
There was a guy running a bogus TXDOT vehicle that looked the part. I'll try to find pics in a bit.


Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:47:06 AM EDT



Originally Posted By Chris_C:



Originally Posted By Tango7:

There was a guy running a bogus TXDOT vehicle that looked the part. I'll try to find pics in a bit.




http://www.talkdelaware.com/attachments/f48/2552d1239115447-mexican-drug-lord-clones-texas-dot-texmex1.jpg
They really are getting damn clever.





 
Link Posted: 6/2/2010 10:49:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/2/2010 11:16:17 AM EDT by Chris_C]
Edited out..

Link Posted: 6/2/2010 4:17:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/2/2010 4:17:49 PM EDT by spreadfirearms]


this has occurred since at least 2007, when i heard about this in an interdiction school.
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