TUCSON – U.S. Border Patrol agents operating the I-19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, Ariz. discovered a teenage American citizen attempting to smuggle meth into the United States earlier this week.
The 18-year-old male is the second teenage drug smuggler caught at the checkpoint this week.
Tucson Sector agents referred the young male driver to secondary inspection, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s press release on Thursday.
During the inspection, they discovered 40 packages of meth, weighing approximately 45 pounds, according to U.S. CBP.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $45,000.
The vehicle the teenage boy was driving belonged to his father which agents later seized, along with the drugs.
The 18-year-old was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The following is a message from U.S. CBP:
To combat cartel recruitment early on, the U.S. Border Patrol educate children and their families through T.E.A.M. Kids and the Parent Symposium. These programs focus on the signs of criminal exploitation as well as the dangers and consequences of becoming involved with smugglers. Through this community outreach, U.S. Border Patrol hopes to increase awareness and to provide families resources they can use to avoid becoming victimized by cartels.
United States Customs and Border Protection, Feb. 6, 2020