Mexican Military Drug Smuggling Stand-Off

Daily Bulletin

Mexican soldiers and civilian smugglers had an armed standoff with nearly 30 U.S. law enforcement officials on the Rio Grande in Texas on Monday afternoon, according to Texas police and the FBI.

Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States, said Chief Deputy Mike Doyal, of the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department.

Mexican Army troops had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border — near Neely’s Crossing, about 50 miles east of El Paso — when Border Patrol agents called for backup. Hudspeth County deputies and Texas Highway patrol officers arrived shortly afterward, Doyal said.

“It’s been so bred into everyone not to start an international incident with Mexico that it’s been going on for years,” Doyal said. “When you’re up against mounted machine guns, what can you do? Who wants to pull the trigger first? Certainly not us.”

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the incident happened at 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

Doyal’s deputies faced a similar incident on Nov. 17, when agents from the Fort Hancock border patrol station in Texas called the sheriff’s department for backup after confronting more than six fully armed men dressed in Mexican military uniforms. The men — who were carrying machine guns and driving military vehicles — were trying to bring more than three tons of marijuana across the Rio Grande, Doyal said.

On Wednesday, Chertoff played down the reports of border incursions by the Mexican military. He suggested many of the incursions could have been mistakes, blaming bad navigation by military personnel or attributing the incursions to criminals dressed in military garb.

Mexican officials last week denied any incursions made by their military.

4 Responses to “Mexican Military Drug Smuggling Stand-Off”

  1. Brad Says:

    This has been happening far to long. All the more reason for National Guard troops to be along our borders.

  2. Mike Says:

    Chertoff needs to have his head examined if he actually believes these incursions could have been a mistake. The entire Mexican political culture is based on corruption. Close our Borders NOW!!!!

  3. Daniel 'sarge' Sargent Says:

    Lets think about this now!
    1) Use our military to pull a trailer full of illegal alliens back across the border. Since were 200 yrds inside Mexico, we can use the same excuse; “bad navigation by military personnel for the incursion”
    2) GUNS are illegal in Mexico, would they arrest the military or shoot them?? OR be whimps like our U.S. government.
    3) Need to redefine the word ‘illegal’ in dictionary’s. Your new home, free school/medical, libery/rights, catch & release, work for cash, get social security @ retirement without paying in.

  4. Roger Says:

    The drug trafficking business that the mexico corrupted government is profiting other than annual $140 billions would be poisoning our young people’s minds so that the invasions would occur sooner. Illigal immgrations alone would take longer.

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