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Agents say they cracked ‘racy’ smuggling scheme

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Border Patrol agents say they have cracked a smuggling scheme in which illegal immigrants zipped past checkpoints on bicycles, disguised in helmets and jerseys.

Border Patrol agents in Laredo said they picked up two illegal immigrants in racing gear on July 4. Smugglers apparently provided the bikes to the immigrants, who paid $1,500 for the service, and then picked up the imitation racers north of the checkpoint.

"They're always looking for innovative ways to beat us and this was very innovative," said Al Moreno, supervisory intelligence agent for the patrol's Laredo sector.

Border Patrol officials say fake racing teams have been crossing the border for about a year, with groups of two to four riding past the checkpoint in Laredo as many as three times a week.