Unsuspecting Civilian’s Car
One of the more interesting schemes to smuggle drugs was exposed in 2011 when DEA agents put the pieces together on an amazingly high-tech system to move hundreds of pounds of marijuana in the trunks of innocent civilians’ cars. At official border crossings, there’s a special fast lane called the SENTRI lane. To get a pass to use it, you need to submit to a rigorous background check. What the cartel techheads were doing was identifying Ford cars in that lane, then using a corrupt locksmith to make duplicate keys from the Ford vehicle database and placing drug packages in the car before it crossed the border. Because SENTRI drivers are thoroughly vetted, their cars are checked much less often.