Border Patrol – 14-year-old Arrested
Last updated 1/9/2018 at 2pm
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 111 checkpoint arrested a 14-year-old girl suspected of smuggling methamphetamine Saturday Jan. 6.
The incident occurred at around 12:30 p.m., when the girl approached the Border Patrol checkpoint in a silver Toyota Camry. She was a passenger in the vehicle, along with three other male occupants.
Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection to check the immigration status of all passengers.
The agents questioned the girl of her immigration status and noticed an odd shaped object near her chest. The agents discovered packages strapped around her upper torso.
The packages tested positive for methamphetamine for a combined weight of 6.44 pounds with an estimated street value of $22,540.
Agents identified the girl as a United States citizen and turned her over, along with the narcotics, to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector has seized more than 239.34 pounds of methamphetamine.