Agents assigned to the Nogales Station’s Interstate 19 checkpoint encountered a male juvenile Wednesday with methamphetamines taped to his body. The total weight of the narcotics was slightly more than half a pound. The youth, a United States citizen, was held for processing and transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Drug smuggling organizations have customarily targeted vulnerable members of society to transport contraband into the United States. These organizations are stepping up their efforts to recruit juveniles to do their dirty work. Young people enticed by promises of the quick buck, are susceptible to being drawn into and becoming victims of these organizations.

Despite the efforts of desperate drug smugglers, the Border Patrol remains alert and committed to preventing illegal drugs from reaching the hands of children in our communities. Checkpoints, part of the Border Patrol’s Defense-in-Depth strategy, continue to be an effective means for curbing the flow of such contraband into the United States. The Tucson Sector Border Patrol has seized approximately 46 pounds of methamphetamines in the current fiscal year which began on Oct. 1, 2009.

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