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Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Driver finds drugs attached to vehicle in Tijuana before planned crossing of border

      A driver in the Otay Universidad area of Tijuana who planned to cross the border found drugs attached to a vehicle with magnets on Thursday and reported it to police, El Mexicano newspaper reported. Traffickers have been using what are termed "blind mules" by attaching taped drug packages to vehicles with magnets and then removing the drugs after the blind mules make their next stop across the border. On Tuesday, a similar planting was discovered downtown. Authorities said 17 such plantings were discovered in 2012.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Friday, June 15, 2012

U.S. is finding drugs attached to vehicles of unsuspecting owners crossing the border up to 4 times a week

Tijuana police detain 2 suspects

      U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is finding drugs attached to vehicles of unsuspecting owners crossing the border into San Diego up to four times a week, Frontera reported. Often the drugs are attached to a vehicle bottom with powerful magnets, the paper said. It quoted ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack as saying drug packages the size of shoe boxes are often being attached to the vehicles of SENTRI fast-pass owners.
Meanwhile, Tijuana police reported the detention of two men suspected of attempting to attach marijuana to vehicles. They were identified as Gustavo Germán Ayala, 27, and Héctor Ramón Lares Topete, 28.
Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
     Update, June 16: Vehicle owner in Tijuana who was headed to cross border to work in U.S. discovers marijuana attached to bottom of his vehicle after smelling smoke. Story, Frontera (PDF). Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Previous story on the issue.
     Update, June 20: Suitcase containing drugs found next to parked car that was headed to U.S. (PDF)

Other drug-mule stories:

Nov. 2013: 11th blind-mule case of year discovered.
March 2014: Woman allegedly delivering marijuana and magnets arrested.