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10 Miles of AZ Border Unmanned, Cartel Members Break In

A stretch of Arizona’s border with Mexico went unmanned for two days, during which time cartel members cut a hole in the fence and drove two vehicles into the U.S.

According to the head of the national Border Patrol union, Brandon Judd, the 10-mile stretch went unprotected because U.S. Customs and Border Protection “just didn’t have the manpower to do it, and that’s the unfortunate situation today,” Judd said last Wednesday at a House hearing examining border security and potential threats from transnational criminal organizations and terrorists.

Border Patrol surveillance cameras caught the cartel members inside the U.S. Agents then investigated the scene and found vehicle tracks going through the hole in the fence. To cover their tracks, the cartel members put the fence back and attempted to hide the cuts they made.

"The scariest part of those vehicles entering into the United States is we don’t know what was in those vehicles. We have no idea," Judd said.

In a written statement, Border Patrol spokesman Dan Hetlage said he could not confirm the incident.

The Border Patrol "uses technology, infrastructure and agents to secure the nation’s land borders, day and night, 365 days a year. We take this mission extremely seriously, and we’re constantly examining our operations to achieve the mission with which we’ve been entrusted,” read Hetlage’s statement.

Judd said the incident was confirmed in management reports, yet, he didn't specify exactly where the breach occurred along Arizona's 372.5-mile-long border with Mexico.

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Tags: border security, Customs and Border Protection , CBP, Border Patrol, US Customs and Border Protection, drug cartels

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