Smuggler Caught Hiding 10 People in ‘Cloned’ Border Patrol Vehicle Near Tucson

U.S. Border Patrol officials say they caught a human smuggler using a disguise as a Border Patrol agent by wearing a fake uniform and driving a cloned vehicle.

Officials said they recently apprehended someone attempting to impersonate one of their own agents by driving a “cloned” vehicle.

Interim Chief John Modlin of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector reported that agents interrupted the suspected smuggler’s plan who was attempting to sneak by them undetected while driving a car painted like one of the agency’s government vehicles.

The car’s driver and 10 others were taken into custody on Tuesday.

Using disguises is nothing new for smugglers. Over the years, illegal smuggling attempts have used impersonations as federal agents, driving vehicles made to look like ambulances, school buses, and even postal trucks.

The rate of illegal crossings over the U.S.-Mexico border has been increasing during the early months of 2021. In March, CBP reported stopping more than 178,000 people attempting to illegally cross the southwest border.

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