http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=/Nation/archive/200612/NAT20061221a.html Mexican Soldiers Freelancing for Drug Cartels on US Soil By Kevin Mooney CNSNews.com Staff Writer December 21, 2006 EXCERPT (CNSNews.com) - Gun-toting members of the Mexican military are crossing regularly into U.S. territory, where they are partnering with drug cartels and criminal gangs to protect sophisticated smuggling operations, according to Texas sheriffs and lawmakers. SNIP "The U.S. Border Patrol is telling its agents to just lay low and report on what they see," he said. "They are instructed to determine the size of the [Mexican military] unit, the number of personnel, the direction of travel." The U.S. ambassador to Mexico has sent diplomatic notes to the Mexican government complaining about incursions into U.S. territory by "individuals dressed in military uniforms," according to a congressional report. Culberson plans to meet with the Mexican ambassador to discuss border issues early in the new year. More than 200 incursions by the Mexican military of the U.S. southern border have been documented since the late 1990s, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said in an interview. "Our federal government denied it occurred until the Texas sheriffs took photos," he said. "There is no nation in the world that would allow this invasion to occur except for the United States."