206. US Border Patrol

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The US Border Patrol is encountering more problems drug dealers from Mexico. A few weeks ago, dealer ran over a border patrol agent. The , standing in the middle of a two-lane road, motioned the dealer’s vehicle to stop. Instead, the ran over the agent, killing him, and then back across the border into Mexico. He has been caught yet. Such incidents are on the , said one agent. The dealers are getting braver, they rarely get caught. “Any agent who tries stop us deserves to die,” said one convicted dealer.

The dealers are always devising new tricks get their drugs into the US. They start fires near the border to distract agents. They cattle on border ranches so that American ranchers not call agents about suspicious activity. They use to blow up bridges so agents cannot follow . They dig tunnels that start in Mexico and with buildings on US soil.

Their newest trick to try to behead agents who ride on (all-terrain vehicles). When an agent drives into a trap, he activates a "clothes line" wire. This stretches tightly across the agent's path, at neck . It could slice right through his neck. The of Homeland Security quickly issued a new protective for its ATV riders--a plastic neck guard. Using simulation, the department determined that the neck guard prevent beheading; however, critical injuries—including a broken neck—are possible.

“These 'clothes lines' are not a big ,” said a department official. He criticized the media making a mountain out of a molehill. “Wait an agent is actually beheaded—then you’ll have a ,” he said to a group of reporters.