[Cdt-l] Border Patrol notification

Eric Whte ericshawwhite at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 26 13:15:09 CDT 2009

Last May while on the CDT in the boot heel region, I found the BP to be very  helpful. Even though they never asked me for any identification, they knew exactly who I was and where I was going. They even located another hiker for me - again without asking me many questions - they had followed his tire tracks down an access road to the CDT just west of highway 81 when I thought he was east of 81 near a shaded windmill awaiting my arrival. If you don't call ahead you can be sure they will stop by, say hello and ask in a very non-confrontational way if they can be of assistance. I would estimate that about 50% of the moving vehicles along highway 81 south of Hachita were BP, most of the others were ranchers & locals driving white pick-up trucks. Eric White more details on http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=7618 in the journal and photo sections

--- On Thu, 3/26/09, Bob <BobandShell97 at verizon.net> wrote:

From: Bob <BobandShell97 at verizon.net>
Subject: [Cdt-l] Border Patrol notification
To: "Cdt-L" <cdt-l at backcountry.net>
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009, 12:21 PM

I just got off the phone with the Border Patrol in Lordsburg (575-542-3221).  I was checking to see if all the national news about increased “border” violence in the urban areas in Texas and Arizona should be of concern as one started hiking the CDT from Crazy Cook.  We talked at length and the officer knew exactly where Crazy Cook was.  Here are his points:  1) As a courtesy to the BP, please check in with them before you hike, either by phone or in person in Lordsburg.  He said they will KNOW we are out there, but this basically is to keep them from having to stop and check us multiple times, especially at night. He asked that your contact with them is best just as you start and not weeks ahead.   2) He flatly stated that there is no appreciable increased hazard where we will be.  It’s an urban thing right now.  He felt we should not be overly concerned.  3) At the fence, we WILL be observed from the other side, at a distance, by some
 “bad types,” but their interest is just making sure no OTHER illegal group is trying to enter Mexico with a shipment of drugs.  Turf-protection.  They stay on their side and will leave us alone.  We probably won’t even be aware of their presence, again, at a distance. 3) As we hiked, anyone involved with the drug trade on OUR side of the fence would not approach us, he said, and, in fact, will do all they can to avoid us and not be seen.  The only ones who might approach are those (like occasionally on the PCT in S CA) who might ask for any water we can spare.  4) The BP presence is thorough, night and day.  He chuckled that even if we didn’t check in with them, they would definitely know we were there, implying that their electronic surveillance is pretty good.
It was a reassuring phone call.  
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