SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 16-year-old boy on Sunday who was using a remote-controlled car to transport methamphetamine across the border.
On Nov. 17, at about 12:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents observed a person with two duffel bags walking along the secondary border wall ducking in-and-out of the agent’s view. The agent notified other agents in the area, who responded to the site.
One of the agents spotted the suspect hiding in thick brush near the U.S./Mexico International Border. The young man had a remote-controlled car and two large duffel bags in his possession. The agent approached him and discovered he was a 16-year-old U.S citizen.
Questioning the young man and searching his bags, the agent discovered 50 packages of methamphetamine. The youth was arrested and taken to a nearby station to face drug smuggling charges. The methamphetamine bundles weighed 55.84 pounds and have an estimated street value of $106,096.
Agents foiled a similar event in 2017 that used a remote-controlled drone to smuggle narcotics across the border. Commenting upon Sunday’s seizure, San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison stated, “I am extremely proud of the agents’ heightened vigilance and hard work in stopping this unusual smuggling scheme.”
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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 securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.