Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hey, whoa, WHOA ... I have a question

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck on top of the barrier, authorities said Wednesday.

Oopsie daisy, they should have asked about a new method of determining whether this would work ... it's called MATH.  Or, if you're like me, you can't do the math so instead you TRY A DRY RUN.  Jeez.

Agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border near the Imperial Sand Dunes in California's southeast corner spotted the Jeep Cherokee teetering atop the fence early Tuesday, Border Patrol spokesman Spencer Tippets said. 

Two smugglers on the Mexican side of the border were trying to free the Jeep when the agents approached, Tippets said. They ran further into Mexico and escaped.

The Jeep was empty, but agents said it was probably filled with contraband like bales of marijuana before it got high-centered atop the fence.  Yes, prolly.  Tell me this, was the truck trying to get into the US or was it going back into Mexico?  See, this is the type of question that never occurs to a highly trained jourrrnolib genius.

The smugglers had built ramps to drive up and over the fence, something that has been tried at least once before. In April 2011, agents found a truck that had ramps built onto it and had driven up to the border fence. A pickup had driven up and over the fence, but it was spotted and its occupants were captured, Tippets said.  Built-in ramps you say ... ingenius, ... I mean, ingenious.

The agency's Yuma sector has seen a 95 percent reduction in human smuggling in recent years, freeing up agents to focus on drug smugglers.

Wait, what?  A 95% reduction?  And how, pray tell, did this achievement come about?  I can't wait to read further, can you?  I have full confidink the jourrrrnolib will let us all know.

"Because of how successful we are we don't have all the clutter like we had in years past," Tippets said. "Now that all the clutter is gone, we're able to focus on things that are bigger threats."

Yes, "successful" ... through some kind of  action and initiative, correct?  Well then, what was it?  What actions did you take to become "successful?  Ooooooo, the anticipation ... I can't WAIT!

The terrain in western Arizona and eastern California has little vegetation and is much less rugged than the land in southeastern Arizona, so smugglers have a harder time making it into the U.S. without being spotted. From here:

LOL ... right ... MUCH easier to spot them ... due to the terrain.  

I guess the border patrol suddenly discovered that the terrain lends itself to "spotting" smugglers.  From this I assume that once they opened their eyes, they were able to "spot" them ... and this caused the 95% reduction.  Right?  I don't know ... feels like I might be missing something.

A little further research by a plain old everyday doofus  resourceful genius like me reveals what must have certainly escaped our professional jourrrrnolib ... the construction of a fence in that area is behind the "success."

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