Teenage boy arrested on smuggling charges
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY) - U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a 16-year-old boy on drug smuggling charges. They say he used a remote-controlled car to transport methamphetamine across the border.
It happened Sunday morning along the secondary border wall near San Diego. Agents say they saw a person with two duffel bags walking long the wall, ducking in and out of agents' sight. A short time later, one agent saw the boy hiding in thick brush near the border.
Questioning revealed the boy was a 16-year-old U.S. citizen. Agents say the duffel bags were filled with 50 packages of meth. They say he also had a remote-controlled car with him, and they say, the boy was using that car to transport the meth across the border, packet-by-packet.
Agents say the teen had nearly 56-pounds of meth with him. The drugs have a street value of more than $100-thousand.
The boy now faces federal charges of drug smuggle. The Border Patrol is not releasing his name.