Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Smugglers often hurl the devices onto roads during chases to flatten the tires of pursuing vehicles. The devices, or caltrops, are comprised of several metal points arranged such that when a caltrop lands on the road, one sharp tip always points up, posing a tire hazard.

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"They've been known to throw them out just like that," Trevio said. "Obviously, they break apart and just spread out everywhere."

The use of the spikes is becoming more frequent in the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector only one incident was cited in 2008, and there have already been four in 2010.

´╗┐Concern grows over smugglers

Border Patrol agents are asking for the public's help to determine the sources of homemade road spikes used by smugglers in the Rio Grande Valley.

Spike strips used by law enforcement officials in the Valley are designed to be easy to deploy and remove, and they are generally safer for the occupants of the pursuing vehicle Omega Seamaster Leather Strap

The spikes were used 15 times in the Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph sector in 2009 and damaged Omega Watch Sport

33 vehicles, according to a statement from the Border Patrol. Thirteen of those vehicles belonged to civilians.

cause a driver to lose control of his vehicle and result in a wreck.

The homemade spikes are also deployed in advance in areas that smugglers frequent along the Rio Grande, said Border Patrol spokesman Joe Trevio.

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

some have hollow barbs that allow air to be released from tires gradually, rather than causing a blowout that may result in swerving.

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co-axial Chronograph

The homemade devices often look like nails welded together and resemble "jacks," Trevio said, referring to the metal objects used in the game of jacks. "They use different kinds of metal and rocks."

Although the spikes have not caused any injuries, Border Patrol agents worry they could Omega Seamaster 300m Nato

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