Mexican journalist records two suspected drug smugglers scaling border fence

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:30 PM

S. and then promptly climbing back after they realized they were being filmed. Journalist Carolina Rocha of Azteca Noticias in Mexico City was in Nogales, Arizona, reporting on the U.

Mexican journalist records two suspected drug smugglers scaling border fence

A Mexican journalist got some different footage when she spotted two suspected drug smugglers scaling a tall border fence from Mexico into the U. S. and then promptly climbing back after they realized they were being filmed.

Journalist Carolina Rocha of Azteca Noticias in Mexico City was in Nogales, Arizona, reporting on the U. S. Border Patrol'south utilize of force March sixteen when she spotted two youthful men in black t-shirts and jeans climbing down the fence in daylight. Footage shows them carrying large backpacks that were likely holding drugs, walking while hunched over and then hiding behind some bushes and talking on what appears to be a phone before realizing the camera was recording.

"Don't record," one of the men says.

But Rocha was already rolling and not willing to stop. She told the men she was just doing her job.

"It was shocking. This is happening in front of me? And we didn't' stop recording," Rocha said in Spanish during an interview with The Associated Press.

The cameras rolled for about three minutes before the men climbed back up the fence and returned to Mexico.

Rocha said she was stunned at how quickly they scaled the fence, which is over twenty feet high. The men were gone within seconds.

She was also struck by the fact that there were three U. S. Border Patrol trucks within yards of the incident. Number agents approached the men.

Border Patrol spokesman Label Landess said it'south not uncommon for smugglers to scale the steel fence, particularly around Nogales, which is a active drug smuggling corridor.

Landess said it'south impossible to know why the agents didn't reply or whether they even saw the men.

"They might be waiting for something else to happen. There'south number way to create an educated comment on that," Landess said.

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