As the 2010-2011 dune season approaches, so does illegal activity in the Imperial Sand Dunes. The United States Border Patrol needs your help to ensure our nation’s border is safe and secure. While the majority of dune enthusiasts come to ride and socialize, there also exists a criminal element which may very well be camped right next to you. These criminals make every attempt to “blend in” and look like every other dune enthusiast. We ask you to notify the United States Border Patrol (USBP) when suspicious activities exist. USBP Agents are always on roving patrol and may be contacted either in person or via telephone (866-999-8727) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Another method in which dune enthusiasts can assist the USBP protect the nation’s border is to maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from the International Boundary Fence. With the dune enthusiasts’ compliance, it is very easy for USBP Roving Patrols to identify the criminal element when they approach the International Border Fence. In addition, the International Boundary Fence has protrusions at the base to secure it to the shifting sand. If a collision occurs it would be very easy to become entangled in this structure. The International Boundary Fence has made a significant impact in cross border criminal activity but it is also dangerous, so we ask that you please stay back.
The Buttercup Campground will have a white USBP trailer parked near the Bureau of Land Management Ranger Station. This is a great place to report any suspicious activity or ask questions involving border security. Please report any suspicious activity whether it is, people riding, vehicles driving or campers that just don’t fit the dune enthusiast persona. The criminal element is there, help us identify them. We ask for your cooperation to make this a safe dune season for all.
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