Mother uses her children as drug mules to traffic large quantities of lethal narcotics into the United States
The young minor had 1.10 lbs. of fentanyl strapped to his body when he, his siblings, and his mother attempted to cross into the United States and were stopped for a secondary check by CBP officers. The rectangular protrusion noticed by the officers was just one of several bundles they would eventually discover after a drug sniffing dog alerted them. His mother is an American citizen.
Also on his body was a package of 2.25 lbs. of methamphetamine.
According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, a single dose of only 2mg is enough to kill most adults. The boy was carrying enough 2mg doses to kill over 249,000 people. Such a dose is pictured below.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Ysleta Port of Entry seized several bundles of methamphetamine and fentanyl strapped to the body of a 13-year-old boy. The boy and his two siblings were traveling with their mother.
The seizure was made just before 7 a.m. on October 21 when a 31-year-old United States citizen female was traveling into El Paso, Texas with her three minor children ages 13, 12 and 5. CBP Officers selected the vehicle for secondary inspection. During that inspection, a drug sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. CBP Officers noticed the boy that was seated there, a 13-year-old boy, had a square shaped item protruding from his back. CBP Officers discovered several bundles taped to the minor’s body.
“Smugglers will use any method they can to attempt to smuggle drugs,” said CBP Ysleta Port Director Arnoldo Gomez, “Unfortunately, in this case, a mother used her 13-year-old son in her attempt to deceive CBP Officers.”
The bundles contained 2.25 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.10 pounds of fentanyl. CBP Officers arrested the woman and she was turned over to authorities to face charges for the failed smuggling attempt. The three children were released to a family member.