Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more on the violence on the Mexican border as we report live tonight and Thursday on AC360 at 10 p.m. ET.
This fun looking picture of my friend and producer MaryAnne Fox and me has an interesting story behind it that actually isn't too fun.
MaryAnne and I are on the Mexican border doing a story about the intense non-stop efforts to stop the drug flow into the United States. Our story, which will air Thursday night on AC360° chronicles a wild 24-hour period in which we witnessed a huge marijuana bust involving a tomato delivery truck, a drug search in the brush with a canine team, and a visit to a Border Patrol warehouse where tons of drugs that are confiscated are deposited.
The picture you see involves one more aspect to our story. We posed behind a section of wall that's a little problematic, because the wall comes to an end, so anybody could just walk around it to get into the United States. We found discarded clothes, cigarette boxes, and water bottles from Mexicans who were doing just that.
But, we quickly learned they are certainly not all successful when finding what looks like an easy entrance to America. Because as it turns out, the Border Patrol saw us on a long range distant camera and came after us thinking we were illegal immigrants.
Four agents, one pointing a rifle at us, demanded we freeze and show our hands. After checking our vehicle, verifying our identities, and acknowledging we weren't carrying contraband, they let us go with the plea we give them a heads up next time we explore the border fence. A large and unknown amount of drugs gets past these agents; but what happened just after this picture was taken shows the threat is taken seriously and handled diligently.
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