Friday, July 22, 2011

Sometimes The Obvious Suspect Isn't

This story over at NPR is scary: An El Paso charter school teacher who lives across the border in Juarez, Mexico got caught crossing the border into the US with several hundred pounds of marijuana. It was her car, only she and her child were in the car. It seemed like a slam dunk drug trafficking case. She was arrested and hauled off to a Mexican jail to face years in prison for drug trafficking.

The problem was, she wasn't a "mule" and the dope wasn't hers.
A few miles away across the Rio Grande, the FBI determined that Chavez and Gomez were using lookouts to monitor the SENTRI Express Lane at the border. The lookouts identified "targets" — people with regular commutes who primarily drove Ford vehicles. According to the FBI affidavit, the smugglers would follow their targets and get the vehicle identification number off the car's dashboard. Then a corrupt locksmith with access to Ford's vehicle database would make a duplicate key. 
Keys in hand, the gang would put drugs in a car at night in Mexico and then pick up their shipment from the parked vehicle the next morning in Texas, authorities say.
One thing that we should learn from this is that sometimes the obvious conclusion isn't always the correct conclusion. What are you doing to ensure that your initial conclusion was the correct one?

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