Shoot-Out on The Border

The battle against drug smugglers sometimes turns into a shooting war, as Mexico City Bureau Chief John Borrell discovered last week while on assignment along the U.S.-Mexico border. His report:

In Starr County, Texas, the U.S. Border Patrol truck sits, engine idling, on a dirt track near the Rio Grande. Its headlights have been off since it left the highway half an hour earlier and bumped across rough farm roads to within a few hundred yards of Mexico, just visible in the moonlight on the far bank of the river.

A radio suddenly spews a stream of static into the blacked-out...

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