Cartels using ‘disposable’ U.S. teens as drug mules


Border agents found nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana being smuggled through Brownsville last week after a driver lost control and crashed.

Agents from the Fort Brown border patrol station first noticed the vehicle Feb. 22 because it was speeding. They gave chase and found the driver had flipped the vehicle, according to a written release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The vehicle contained 52 bundles of marijuana weighing over 1,200 pounds, according to the release. The estimated worth of the drugs is $969,000. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Juveniles in our community are being exploited,” Patrol Agent in Charge Letisia Camarillo said in the release. “They are making decisions that put themselves at risk and they don’t understand the consequences. Juveniles are viewed as cheap and disposable labor, a means for cartels to push their illicit product.”

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