With increased enforcement along the Southwest border, smugglers are becoming more creative, says the Arizona Republic. Smugglers have hidden people in dashboards, sewed a man into a seat, and even stashed a little girl inside a piñata. Over the years, agents have busted bogus vehicles supposedly from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arrowhead Water, city of Douglas and Channel 12 News (KPNX) that were carrying marijuana or undocumented immigrants.
Since the federal government started adding thousands of agents along the border a decade ago, smugglers have done crazy and cruel things to people, said Roger Maier, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman. They’ve tried to transport loads of undocumented immigrants in fake Border Patrol vehicles, in dump trucks, and inside the side panels of a truck. Inspectors found one woman under the hood of a truck, screaming, because she was being “cooked alive” by the radiator, Maier said. The Border Patrol counted 473 deaths of undocumented immigrants last fiscal year.