A possible assault on El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents was averted when a booby trap was recently discovered near Deming.
A rancher called the Border Patrol station Saturday to tell them of two wires she found stretched across a dirt road in a clothesline fashion, officials said.
Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said the intent appeared to be to injure agents who often travel the road on all-terrain vehicles.
“We anticipate the smugglers were probably trying to intimidate agents on ATVs,” he said.
He said drug traffickers and horse patrol officers and agents in service vehicles also regularly use the road.
“This is the first time we’ve seen a booby trap device used with wiring,” Mosier said. “We’ve had other types of booby traps we’ve dealt with over the years, primarily obstacles put in the roadway, rocks thrown at agents and occasionally shots being fired.”
A similar trap was discovered in the San Diego area earlier this year.
Mosier said agents would be on alert for others.
He said people caught trying to harm agents with booby traps could be charged with assault on a federal officer.