Eight men have been charged in an unusual sting that investigators say highlights a new tactic in which immigrant smugglers never cross the border from Mexico — and instead use cell phones from nearby mountaintops to bark out real-time instructions to their customers as they navigate each step of the desert trek into the U.S.

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That effort was paid for by Virginia-based Global Tel-Link, the nation's largest prison phone company, from the projected $17 million it receives each year from California inmates and their families who use landlines to make FILE - In this April 10, 2009, file photo, Correctional Officer Jose Sandoval inspects one of the more than 2,000 cell phones confiscated from inmates at The warrant essentially orders carriers to "turn these into bricks," California Corrections Secretary Scott Kernan told The Associated Press on Monday. The will be shut down over the next week or two, he APNewsBreak: US suspects cellphone spying In this April 30, 2015, file photo, a Capitol Hill staffer looks down at papers while on a phone while walking inside the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Department Tags: apnewsbreak, suspects, cellphone, spying, For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and The will be shut down over the next week or two, he s. Kernan expects other states will follow the lead of South Carolina and California and ask judges to approve broad shutdowns. He It's an important victory for prison officials who have been frustrated by their inability to stop the flow of smuggled that are used to coordinate

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