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Smugglers Fail In Ramp Attempt Over Border Fence

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File photo of a fence separating the United States and Mexico. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

File photo of a fence separating the United States and Mexico. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities in southwestern Arizona say suspected smugglers tried to drive over a 14-foot-high border fence using a makeshift ramp.

But the Jeep stalled at the top of the ramp after it became high centered and the two suspects fled into Mexico early Tuesday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station say they were patrolling in the Imperial Sand Dunes area just after midnight when they saw the silver Jeep Cherokee attempting to drive over the International Boundary fence.

After removing the Jeep from the fence, agents seized both the vehicle and the ramp.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspects were trying to smuggle drugs or illegal immigrants into Arizona.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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