Attempt to Scale Border Fence Goes Poorly
Border patrol assumes it was a smuggling operation gone wrong
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2012 2:46 PM CDT
A Jeep Cherokee that smugglers were attempting to drive over the US-Mexico border fence is seen stuck at the top of a makeshift ramp near Yuma, Ariz.   ((AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection))

(Newser) – Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck on top of the barrier. Agents patrolling the US-Mexico border near the Imperial Sand Dunes in California's southeast corner spotted the Jeep Cherokee teetering atop the fence early Tuesday. The vehicle was perched about five miles west of the Colorado River and the Arizona state line.

Two men on the Mexican side of the border were trying to free the Jeep when the agents approached, a Border Patrol spokesperson said. They ran further into Mexico and escaped. The Jeep was empty, but agents assume it was filled with contraband like bales of marijuana before it got stuck atop the fence. Smugglers have tried the ramp-over-the-fence trick once before; in April 2011, agents tracked down a truck that made it over successfully.

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backpath2
Nov 4, 2012 6:08 AM CST
That's what you get for using a long wheelbase Jeep.
NorCalHal
Nov 2, 2012 1:29 PM CDT
The vehicle would have made a GREAT target just as it hits the apex....
homer57
Nov 2, 2012 8:47 AM CDT
I wonder. so much is made down in mex and so much money is pooring into mex but the poor mex still poor into this nation. politicians are stupid and desire to overlook this and many destructive situations (like Obamas fraud and illegal pres. and eric holders escapades etc) and If I have half a brain...I'd bet this is NOT by accident, IT IS on purpose, and by design! No nation is destroyed by itself, there is a design to do so....You can bet this is the case for the U.S.A. Lastly...IF you vote for Obama....you had better be ashamed, YOU are a TRAITOR!! and..Jimmy crack corn...I don't care what you think!