Teens smuggle heroin in pants, now behind bars
Simone Del Rosario
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It was a regular inspection at this checkpoint, but agents were suspicious when the 15-year-old acted nervous.
They searched her and her friends, catching them red-handed with nearly eight pounds of heroin.
Agents say some teenagers can be naïve, and are willing to take the cartels money in exchange for being drug mules.
“So they lie to them, and they believe these lies, and the quick dollar takes precedence over reality,” said Border Patrol Agent Jason Rheinfrank.
Nine On Your Side asked teens in
“Oh yeah, because they’ll offer us a quick amount of money and we’ll take it because we don’t have jobs right now and we’re just making a quick buck,” Tiburcio Bazua said.
Border patrol says smugglers tell teens they won’t be prosecuted: But that’s not the case
Authorities have charged all four girls arrested with possession and transporting drugs. Punishments range from time in juvenile detention to being incarcerated. Anyone ages 14 and older can be tried as an adult.
But agents warn that it’s not just dangerous if you get caught.
“A teenager does this once, thinking it’s an easy $1,000 to $2,000 they can make – smuggle some drugs across the border and that will be that. But what are the real consequences they might be facing?” Nine On Your Side’s Simone Del Rosario asked.
“If they accept what they think is that one-time opportunity, they’re in for life: it’s almost impossible to get out,” Rheinfrank said.
But statistics show that many are still willing to take that risk.
The number of teens who are arrested by Tucson-area Border Patrol for drug possession tripled between 2008 and 2011. And these statistics have Border Patrol taking action with their Operation Detour youth outreach program.
Agents all over the