Smuggler Uses Fake Border Patrol Vehicle

An illegal alien smuggler painted an SUV to look like a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle in an attempt to bring a dozen illegals into the U.S.

Border Patrol officers spotted the fake immediately.Border_Patrol_Dodge_Ram

Border Patrol agents caught a smuggler driving a Chevy Tahoe that was painted to look like one of the agency’s vehicle, according to KRGV-TV. Vehicles are usually painted to act as delivery or telecommunications trucks to try and fool agents, but it’s unusual to see a Border Patrol vehicle to be copied.

Border Patrol in Laredo found 12 people stuffed in the back of the imposter vehicle. Agents knew the vehicle was a fake as soon as they found it.

“There’s no fender, there’s no ground effect on any of our vehicles, Omar Zamora, an agent with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector, told KRGV-TV. “They’re actually pretty bare and about as high as we get the vehicle, because we do go off road.”

Zamora said any agent would’ve recognized the SUV.

“In the 18 years that I’ve been in the Border Patrol, we’ve seen UPS, FedEx trucks, Time Warner trucks, any kind of clones. Any business you can think of. The smugglers are trying to clone it to avoid law enforcement detection,” Zamora added.

This is a reminder that even with increased vigilance at the border, illegal immigration will be difficult to stop without an all-out efforts along a multitude of fronts.