Western Arizona, Part 3
On the western side of the basin, the Border
Patrol checkpoint is far more active and drug sniffing dogs are
there to sniff you as you pass. Cars soon to enter California
are examined closely.
The narcotics that are smuggled through the Yuma
area seem to be targeted to a more "California" clientele.
The Border Patrol's attention is thus focussed on west bound travelers.
To slow this flood of drugs and gang members
streaming north from San Luis, the U.S. Border Patrol has let
a contract to construct a vehicle and person barrier from San
Luis, Sonora, Mexico and all the way to the boundary of the Barry
M. Goldwater range.
The barrier tubes are at staggered heights to
make it far more difficult to quickly put a ramp over the barrier
and drive over it. That is a PEMEX gas station in the distance.