HomeNewsBriefSmugglers Pass Marijuana Through Bars of US-Mexico Border Fence
BRIEF

Smugglers Pass Marijuana Through Bars of US-Mexico Border Fence

MEXICO / 28 SEP 2011 BY JEANNA CULLINAN EN

Drug smugglers have responded to the construction of a strengthened section of U.S.-Mexico border fence at Nogales, Arizona, by packaging marijuana to fit through gaps between the bars of the structure.

The 2.8 miles of border fence in question was recently completed at a cost of $11.6 million dollars. It was designed to be highly secure, at 30 feet high in some parts, as well as five feet below ground.

However, it has gaps four inches wide between the bars, which officials said would mean that border security agents could see any assailants trying to attack them with projectiles from the Mexican side.

Local law enforcement have found marijuana wrapped in long, thin bundles, which they think was designed to fit through between the bars, according to a report in Nogales International

A report from the same newspaper earlier this month said that smugglers had taken to throwing packets of drugs over the new, higher fence -- wrapping drugs in football-shaped parcels for a more aerodynamic effect.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

MEXICO / 24 APR 2012

More than a dozen dead bodies and a message posted in Nuevo Laredo last week offer further evidence of Joaquin…

AYOTZINAPA / 5 FEB 2016

The German arms company Heckler & Koch is accused of illegally shipping G36 firearms to Mexico. Those rifles, once considered…

ARGENTINA / 6 NOV 2013

Argentina is now a key source of precursor chemicals for Mexican cartels, raising the question as to whether these transnational…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.