Suspected smugglers caught on video scaling US border fence

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Mexican journalist got the scoop of a lifetime 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’s use of force March 16 when she spotted two young men climbing down the fence. Footage shows them carrying large backpacks that were likely holding drugs.

Rocha says there were three Border Patrol trucks parked within yards of the incident.

The Border Patrol says it’s not uncommon for smugglers to scale the fence. A spokesman says it’s not clear why the agents around the fence didn’t try to arrest the men.