Mother uses a 13-year-old son to smuggle drugs across the El Paso border


Pensacola, Fl

US Customs and Border Protection officers working at Port of Entry confiscated several packages of methamphetamine and fentanyl attached to the body of a 13-year-old boy. The boy and his brothers were traveling with their mother.

The seizure was taken before 7 a.m. when a 31-year-old American woman was traveling to El Paso with her three minor children, ages 13, 12, and 5.

Customs and Border Protection officers selected the vehicle for secondary examination. During that search, a drug-sniffing dog alerted the presence of narcotics in the front passenger seat of the car. CBP officers noticed that the boy sitting there, a 13-year-old, had a square element protruding from his back. Customs and Border Protection officers said they discovered several packages taped to the minor’s body.

“The smugglers would use whatever method they could to try to smuggle drugs. Unfortunately, in this case, the mother used her 13-year-old son in her attempt to deceive the CBP Ysleta officers,” said Arnoldo Gomez, CBP Ysleta port manager.

The packages contained 2.25 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.10 pounds of fentanyl.

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the woman and she was handed over to authorities to face charges of the failed smuggling attempt. The three children were released to a family member.


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