Mexican teens trying to smuggle fentanyl across US border

Mexican teens were taken into custody last week in three separate attempts to smuggle fentanyl across US border, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mexican teens were taken into custody last week in three separate attempts to smuggle fentanyl across US border, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the incidents occurred on March 30 and 31 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

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On Friday, March 30, at about 7:20 p.m., federal officers at the San Ysidro Pedestrian East border crossing encountered a 17-year-old male Mexican citizen. The officer conducting inspections at the primary booth noticed some inconsistencies and conducted a visual search of the teen, revealing an anomaly on his back. The officer conducted an immediate pat down for weapons and discovered 2 packages strapped to his back. CBP officers later identified the 2 packages as fentanyl weighing over 4 pounds. The fentanyl carries an estimated street value of $141,000.

Mexican teens were taken into custody last week in three separate attempts to smuggle fentanyl across US border, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On Saturday, March 31, at about 8:20 p.m., federal officers at the San Ysidro Pedestrian West border crossing encountered a 15-year-old male Mexican citizen. The officer noticed some discrepancies during the inspection and referred the teen for further examination. During the escort, the officer noticed a bulge on the teen’s back and subsequently discovered 2 packages strapped to him. CBP officers later identified the 2 packages as fentanyl weighing just under 5 pounds. The fentanyl carries an estimated street value of $143,000.



Ten minutes later, at about 8:30 p.m., federal officers at the San Ysidro Pedestrian West border crossing encountered a 17-year-old male U.S. citizen. The officer noticed a bulge on the teen’s back and discovered 2 packages strapped to him. CBP officers later identified the 2 packages as fentanyl weighing just under 5 pounds. The fentanyl carries an estimated street value of $143,000.

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The Mexican teens for smuggle fentanyl across US border were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers seized all drugs.

Pete Flores, the director of Field Operations for Customs and Border Protection in San Diego, said, “These cases all involve juveniles allegedly attempting to smuggle dangerous and lethal drugs such as fentanyl. Fentanyl is known to be 100 times more deadly than heroin. Dangers associated with the unfamiliarity of handling fentanyl can be deadly. Please understand that no matter what you may be told, there are consequences for engaging in this type of activity, not to mention the dangers of working with transnational criminal organizations.” ABC News reported.