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Smugglers Continue to Use Homemade Spikes

Release Date: 
February 16, 2010

Edinburg, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector along with state and local law enforcement agencies continue to encounter illicit contraband smugglers using homemade spikes.

A smuggler tossed these homemade tire deflation spikes during a recent pursuit.

Tire deflation devices deployed by smugglers are not only a danger to law enforcement during pursuits, but also to civilians.

Monday, agents on patrol south of Sullivan City attempted an immigration stop on a suspicious vehicle. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and then attempted to disable the pursuing Border Patrol vehicles by deploying several homemade spikes. The deployed spikes failed to immobilize law enforcement vehicles but unfortunately they did damage the tires of seven civilian vehicles that were not involved in the incident, thus endangering the occupants. The event culminated in the seizure of more than 900 pounds of marijuana, the seizure of two vehicles and the apprehension of four men.

Because smugglers have used these spikes on public roadways, endangering innocent motorists, law enforcement authorities continue to ask for help from the public by contacting the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at (956) 668-TIPS to report any information regarding the deployment or manufacture of spikes being utilized by smugglers.

The public is reminded that all callers will remain anonymous and all information will be kept confidential.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017