For five weeks, hundreds of federal agents in an intensified $95 million outbound inspection program have been stepping into southbound traffic lanes along the Mexican border, stopping suspicious-looking cars and trucks. The Associated Press checked the busiest crossings – San Diego, Nogales, El Paso and Laredo – to see how effective the inspections are. Wads of U.S. currency–but few guns–have been intercepted.
“I do not believe we can even make a dent in (southbound smuggling) because that assumes the cartels are complete idiots, which they’re not. Why in the world would they try to smuggle weapons and currency through a checkpoint when there are so many other options?” said Border Patrol Agent T. J. Bonner, president of the agents’ union.