The border patrol agents may have suspected trouble when they saw a group toting a duffel bag across the river. And any suspicions as to the contents of the bag would likely have been confirmed when the gang then discarded the item and fled. But when the officials opened the receptacle up and saw what was inside, they may not have believed their eyes.
The question of how best to safeguard the U.S. border is a much-debated one today. And in the process of ascertaining who and what crosses from and into America, members of U.S. Border Patrol are very much on the front line. Plus, according to National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd, this kind of work is frequently dangerous.
Indeed, in a 2017 statement Judd asserted that officers on the border are more often subject to violence than any other variety of law enforcement professionals. But although a May 2018 article by CNN has refuted Judd’s claim, there’s no denying that patroling the border is a potentially dangerous job. Any officer may be assaulted in the line of duty, after all.