Federal agents are investigating whether smuggling networks that traditionally helped illegal workers enter the United States are now being used to smuggle terrorists, officials have told The Denver Post. High-ranking agents say the U.S.-Mexico border still is vulnerable to smuggling, that possible terrorist traffic may flow through Colorado, and that smugglers are enticed by huge potential profits from terrorist clients as legal entry becomes more difficult. Smuggling groups based in the Middle East and Asia “are teaming up with traditional Latin American organizations to help move their cargo into the United States,” said Jim Chaparro, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement across a four-state region that includes Colorado. Chaparro formerly ran anti-smuggling investigations nationwide. Full Story
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