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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chamber executive seeks elimination of windshield stickers for SENTRI fast-pass border crossing program to make vehicles less identifiable to drug traffickers

     Alejandra Mier y Teran, executive director of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, told Frontera newspaper that she thinks the SENTRI fast-pass border-crossing program should do away with the windshield stickers used to identify vehicles used in the program because crooks are hiding drugs in or on vehicles they know will be crossing the border.

     Mier y Teran said the stickers help drug traffickers more eaily find vehicles that will be crossing the border; the traffickers then place drugs in or on the vehicle, sometimes using powerful magnets on the bottom of the vehicle.

     In Florida, rental vehicles used to have license plates virtually identifying them as such; the plates were changed to make them less easily identifiable after robbers and thieves began targeting tourists, sometimes killing them.

Story, Frontera (PDF).
Drugs found attached with magnets in January.
June 2012 story about drugs attached with magnets.
U.S. Navy ending use of windshield decals.
Florida license plate change.