• Feb 7th 2008 at 6:03PM
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That criminals go to great lengths to accomplish their goals is not news. How they do so can be interesting, however. ABC News has posted a report on its Blotter website detailing an FDLE study on how smugglers "clone" vehicles to make their criminal enterprises easier to run. A few thousand dollars can net a bad guy some high quality decals or wraps that help transform regular trucks into replicas of actual, branded delivery or municipal vehicles. Throw in an official (or official-looking) uniform and criminals can hide in plain sight, traveling freely without raising suspicion. The ABC report tells of one traffic stop in which authorities stopped what appeared to be a Cable/Satellite service van only to find hundreds of pounds of cocaine inside. The van's disguise even included a toll-free number for other drivers to report bad driving. Anyone who called it found themselves on a phone sex line. Smugglers also appear to have a healthy sense of irony if the tale of a bust in Arizona is any indication. There, border patrol agents caught someone ferrying 31 illegal aliens in the back of a van. Its markings? U.S. Border Patrol. Read the whole story here.

[Source: ABC News via Schneier on Security via Instapundit)

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, you really gotta hand it to the Drug Runners!
      • 7 Years Ago
      A cable/satellite service van with hundreds of pounds of cocaine stashed inside.........that explains a lot of things. LOL Even funnier was the Border Patrol van stuffed with ILLEGAL aliens.

      It's amazing how easily criminals slip through the hands of authorities, just 'cuz they LOOK respectible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where is this university these guys attend?

      Damn but they are a clever bunch aren't they?

      So, does that mean the next time we get pulled over for speeding, we can just site this story??
      • 7 Years Ago
      You have to give some of these criminals credit, for the lengths they will go to, in order to avoid being caught.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL that reminds me of that story a couple years back where this girl from New Jersey got kidnapped by a guy in a fake Q-102 Radio Station van. He told her she won a sweepstakes and was taking her to the station to pick up her cash. hahaha (she got rescued so we can all laugh about it now)

      It was just funny because after that incident there was a message from the station saying "Q-102 will NEVER ask you to step into ANY of their vehicles..."
      • 7 Years Ago
      And I'm still waiting for my cable to be installed... Can't watch Top Gear!
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