Border agents arrest 14-year-old who had bundles of crystal meth strapped to body

(WHDH) — United States Border Patrol agents arrested a 14-year-old boy on Monday who had three bundles of crystal methamphetamine strapped to his body under his clothing, officials said.

Agents patrolling State Route 94 in Jamul, California, stopped a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta as it approached a checkpoint around 10:30 p.m., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As agents questioned four people who were in the vehicle, a K9 team started sniffing around, resulting in an alert, officials said.

During a subsequent search, agents reportedly detected 3 pounds of meth taped around the teen’s waist.

A second sniff of the vehicle yielded three backpacks containing 51 additional pounds of meth in 49 plastic-wrapped packages.

The driver, a 34-year-old man from the United States, was arrested. Three juvenile males were also taken into custody, including a 16-year-old American citizen and two Mexican nationals, ages 14 and 16.

Agents estimated the drug haul to be worth about $102,000.

 

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