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Suspected smugglers in Jeep try to jump border, but fence wins

It was what appeared to be a midnight smuggling run pitting a Jeep Cherokee versus the 14-foot border fence.

The fence won.

Suspected smugglers on Tuesday tried to go up and over the barrier at California’s Imperial Sand Dunes on a makeshift ramp, not an uncommon tactic employed by Mexican smugglers since border fencing was erected in the area in recent years. 

But the Jeep high-centered on the way down, leaving the rear wheels spinning in the air.

When U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived minutes later, the vehicle was hanging from the barrier, suspended between Mexico and California. The hatchback of the Jeep was open, leading authorities to believe the suspected smugglers may have somehow retrieved the drugs before fleeing.

Their ramp, U.S. Border Patrol authorities said in a statement, was “not quite up to the task.”

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