In the latest cross-border drug bust by the U.S. Border Patrol, two teenagers, including a juvenile, have been arrested for trying to smuggle weed with an estimated street value of nearly $1 million. According to the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, the duo is charged with narcotics smuggling. The packages obtained have been handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The alleged drug bust happened on Feb. 22, 2018, when the agents stationed on duty at the Fort Brown Border Patrol Station observed a speeding vehicle leaving the Rio Grande riverbed. When they tried to stop the vehicle, the driver tried to elude the cops but lost control and rolled the vehicle. During the search, the police found 52 bundles of marijuana, valued at $969,000 and weighing over 1,200 pounds.
Juveniles used by cartels to smuggle illicit drugs
According to Letisia Camarillo, the patrol agent in charge of the Fort Brown Station, the recent arrest of the teenagers is another example of drug smuggling operations taking advantage of young people. She added that the recent arrest shows how juveniles in the community are being exploited, and how they are making risky decisions without understanding or worrying about the results. They are “viewed as cheap and disposable labor,” and act as a good means for cartels to trade their illicit products. She has urged the community to come together and educate children about the consequences in order to stop the “horrific cycle” of recruitment, arrest and prosecution.
RGV sector leads in marijuana seizures
According to the latest report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector continues to lead the nation in marijuana seizures. The U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector has seized approximately 4 tons of weed in the first week of February 2018. As per the latest estimates, the total amount of pot seized during the given period weighed 7,696 pounds and were valued at $5,845,212.
As per Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr., the RGV sector is the most active and unstable area along the southwest border for trafficking illegal foreigners and narcotics. The area continues to be exploited by transnational criminal organizations endangering the safety of the communities.
Help at hand
Classified as a Schedule I substance by the DEA, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Although research has proved its benefits in alleviating chronic pain and symptoms of certain medical conditions, regular and long-term use of the drug can lead to problems like psychosis, memory loss, respiratory ailments, cognitive decline, elevated heart rate, brain abnormalities and lung damage, among others. Addiction to marijuana can be a lifelong battle that calls for a comprehensive treatment at a certified rehab center.
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