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18-year-old arrested after drugs were found strapped to his body at El Paso bridge

An 18-year-old was arrested after CBP officers found drugs strapped to his body. (Courtesy: CBP)

An 18-year-old was caught with drugs strapped to his body at an El Paso port of entry, according to Customs and Border Protection officials.

The 18-year-old was crossing by foot from Juarez when a CBP officer sent him for a thorough inspection based on several factors that made him suspect something was wrong.

According to CBP officials, the 18-year-old told officers he was carrying drugs. That was confirmed by a drug sniffing dog.

Officers found two drug-filled bundles of heroin and methamphetamine strapped to the teen’s back and abdomen. The heroin weighed a total of 2.3 pounds. CBP officers said the meth weighed 1.8 pounds.

The 18-year-old is a U.S. citizen. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges for the smuggling attempt.

“CBP officers remain focused on stopping the flow of drugs at the border before they can wreak havoc in the communities we all call home,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good.

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