An Up-Close Look at How Spotters Direct Smugglers at Southern Border
William La Jeunesse is filing some riveting reports this week from the southern border, where apprehensions have plummeted to a 40-year low.
His first stop was southern Arizona to take a look at the elaborate methods used by drug traffickers and human smugglers to try to get across without being caught.
William rode on a Border Patrol helicopter as they looked for "spotters."
Spotters look down from mountains and caves - which are filled with food, blankets and equipment - to direct smugglers to the best routes to evade the Border Patrol.
He watched as agents seized surveillance equipment and cell phones.
Meantime, a local rancher - whose property stretches for 26 miles along the border - said all that separates his property from Mexico is a small barbwire fence.
Jim Chilton said that he has seen less undocumented immigrants coming across recently, but has noticed a surge in suspected drug smugglers.
Chilton knows that because his trail cameras capture footage of the suspected smugglers coming in.
Tucson Sector Chief Manny Padilla said rural areas like Chilton's ranch still present challenges, but that the overall situation has never been better.
"The border has never been more secure," said Padilla. "Does that mean our job is done? Absolutely not. We will never be at 100 percent. But compared to where we were, we’ve made incredible gains."
La Jeunesse said it's no longer accurate to call the border situation "out of control," since apprehensions in the area have dropped from more than 600,000 in 2000 to 60,000 this year.
Read more from William La Jeunesse at FoxNews.com and watch his report above.