Suspected smugglers tried to drive their SUV over a 14-foot-tall fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but they had to abandon the effort when the Jeep got stuck trying to cross over the fence near Yuma, Arizona.
The suspected runners had built a ramp to drive up and over the fence, but the Jeep became ‘high centered’ and the driver wasn’t able to maneuver it over the crag of the barrier.
U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Spencer Tippets said patrolling agents spotted the Jeep Cherokee perched atop the fence early on Tuesday.
Law enforcement officials approached the vehicle and the driver and passenger took off running toward Mexico.
Officials found the Jeep empty but they suspect the passengers had grabbed contraband, presumably drugs, before they fled the stuck vehicle.
‘The back of the vehicle was opened, so it appears that they took all that out before the agents arrived,’ Tippets told the Yuma Sun.
Tippets said the border fence has increasingly been a deterrent to smugglers trying to illegally enter the U.S. since they are forced to resort to unusual tactics.
‘When smuggling organizations make an attempt like this, it helps us to realize how successful we really are here in the Yuma Sector,’ he said.
‘Before they didn’t have to use drastic measures. But now that the border has essentially been shut down in this area, they are left with only drastic measures – things that they wouldn’t normally ever even consider.’
The incident occurred about five miles west of the Colorado River, which divides Arizona and California.