Otay Mesa, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry caught a 15-year-old U.S. teenager attempting to cross the border Monday with packages of methamphetamine taped to his legs.
At about 10:45 a.m., the teen, a resident of San Diego, approached the border crossing on foot with a valid passport card.
The CBP officer noticed bulges along the teen's upper thighs, and sent him aside for further inspection.
CBP officers found methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane and taped to both of the teen's thighs underneath his clothing. Officers seized almost three pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $57,000.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took custody of the teen, who will face criminal prosecution. He is currently being held at a local juvenile detention facility.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.