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Teen drug couriers busted at the El Paso-Juárez border

Friday, February 10, 2012 |

by Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times

Three teenage drug couriers were stopped at the border in the El Paso region in less than a week in what U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials described as an abnormal number.

"The number of juvenile drug smugglers we apprehended this week is greater than we typically see. Usually we average about three to four cases per month," said Christopher Saindon, acting CBP El Paso director of field operations.
"Parents should take note and talk to their children about the criminal consequences and dangers associated with drug smuggling," Saindon said in a statement.

Officials said the latest case occurred Wednesday when CBP officers found 22 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy from El Paso at the Zaragoza Bridge.

The boy was arrested by El Paso County constables. Juvenile drug cases are often handed to local authorities for prosecution.

On Tuesday, CBP officers found 2 pounds of marijuana in the backpack of a 14-year-old boy from Palomas, Mexico, when the boy was crossing the border at Columbus, N.M., officials said. The boy was arrested.

On Feb. 4, CBP officers found 3 pounds of marijuana strapped to the body of a 17-year-old boy from El Paso at the Bridge of the Americas.

Ten years ago, CBP would make 100 to 150 juvenile drug smuggling arrests a year in the El Paso area, but the number dropped to 40 in fiscal year 2010, officials said.

In 2010, the El Paso County attorney's office prosecuted 10 juveniles (up to 16 years old)in drug-smuggling cases from the local international bridges.
There were at least eight such cases last year, officials said.

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6 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Does our court system realize that most of these young people are being forced into doing these acts. Does sending these young people to jail really solve the problem?

Anonymous said...

gag and bag those little bastards

Anonymous said...

They should stop hanging around with thier messed up influential peers.

Anonymous said...

They will spill their guts about such acts when in custody. Maybe not everyone but I would guess most of the ones forced will.

Anonymous said...

fuck these kids kill them, they are mentally fucked now

Anonymous said...

those are such small amounts, i would assume they were each just teenagers selling a little pot on the side, not working for cartel or anything, in mexico thats only 100 dollars worth of pot

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