Each year, federal border agents see many brazen attempts to sneak people and drugs into the U.S., but smugglers' schemes appear to be getting more creative and bolder than ever, reports the Houston Chronicle. In Presidio County along the Texas-Mexico border, a man trained illegal immigrants who had just crossed the border to fake illnesses and call 911. Unwitting ambulance attendants took them to a hospital beyond a Border Patrol checkpoint, where they would refuse treatment and run away.
Officials have intercepted three ultralight aircrafts attempting to smuggle drugs into the U.S. The small planes fly so low they evade radar and have been particularly active on the Arizona-Mexico border. In California, smugglers meticulously painted vehicles to resemble DHL package delivery trucks and a company contracted to help build the border fence. They used the vehicles to transport illegal immigrants to the U.S. in March and April. Some people in the construction company truck wore reflective vests and hard hats. Between January and March of this year, the Border Patrol captured 164,733 illegal immigrants, compared with 227,000 over the same period last year. It's not clear whether the decrease is due to increased enforcement or an ailing economy with few jobs to draw immigrants.