The Washington Times has an alternately fascinating and terrifying article on just how the Mexican cartels are using non-traditional methods to infiltrate the border — including endangering the lives of children (which really annoys me for some reason):
“The smuggling facilitator or families of the illegal migrants will use children to lodge them in the gaps of the cement pylons, at which point a U.S. fire department is called in to free the child,” the report said. “This tactic relies on the U.S. first responders’ initiative to rescue or save a human life and subsequently creates a physical gap – which generally takes two weeks to repair – to use for border breaching.”
The cartels also use torches in backpacks to cut through fences and tamale stands and personal watercraft for surveillance, the report said. They ship drugs through sewers and may be planning to send them into the U.S. on the backs of men parachuting out of planes.
Cartels already have used hang gliders and other ultralight aircraft to move narcotics into the U.S. These craft can carry about 200 pounds of drugs.
The report suggested that the cartels were looking to upgrade the technique by using newer equipment, allowing them to bring in bigger loads.
“Civilian or military trained tandem jumpers could deliver a payload of 750 pounds, while the delivery aircraft would be able to avoid United States airspace,” the report said. “The jumpers would be able to land successfully at desired locations using off the shelf GPS and equipment, and at locations previously inaccessible to ultra-light aircraft. This tactic also will permit multiple jumpers to converge on a location increasing payload delivery.”
Wedging the Mexican kids into concrete barriers that Americans just won’t do. Gotta love those cartels.
Tell me again how drug use is an “victimless crime”.