Juveniles Caught Smuggling Heroin at Checkpoint
TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson sector Border Patrol agents working at the I-19 Checkpoint caught four juveniles attempting to smuggle heroin on a commercial shuttle.
Monday afternoon, Nogales station agents working the checkpoint south of Amado, Ariz., referred a commercial shuttle for inspection. After a 15-year-old passenger behaved nervously during questioning, agents received consent to search her bags where they found bundles of heroin. That discovery led agents to search the other passengers. After everyone on the shuttle was checked, agents had four females, between the ages of 15 - 17, in custody with bundles of heroin tucked into their waistbands.
The narcotics had a total weight of 7.75 pounds and estimated street value of $90,000. The teens were turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.
Transnational criminal organizations have gone to extreme lengths, including the use of juveniles, to try and bring narcotics into the U.S. Through the Border Patrol's Operation Detour youth outreach program, agents are committed to educating students about the risks and consequences associated with smuggling.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.