Mexico into the United States.are endlessly creative when it comes to inventing ways to move marijuana, cocaine and other contraband from
In the latest innovation uncovered by law enforcement, smugglers in the border town of bringing drugs into the U.S. for the cost of a quarter.were
The parking meters on, which hugs the border fence in , cost 25 cents. Smugglers in Mexico tunneled under the fence and under the metered , and then carefully cut neat rectangles out of the pavement. Their confederates on the U.S. side would park false-bottomed vehicles in the spaces above the holes, feed the meters, and then wait while the underground smugglers stuffed their cars full of drugs from below.
When the exchange was finished, the smugglers would use jacks to put the pavement "plugs" back into place. The car would drive away, and only those observers who were looking closely would notice the seams in the street.
In all, U.S. Border Patrol agents found 16 tunnels leading to the 18 metered parking spaces on International Street. The pavement is now riddled with neat, symmetrical patches.