Five teenagers have been arrested with narcotics strapped to their bodies in what authorities are calling a new trend in drug smuggling along the border, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the teenagers, all U.S. citizens, last Thursday and Friday. Agents seized roughly 17 pounds of marijuana and just over a pound of brown heroin, worth an estimated $38,000.
A 16-year-old boy wearing a sweater on a warm day caught the attention of officers at the San Ysidro port of entry. Officers checked him and found packages with almost three pounds of marijuana taped to the back of his thighs and around his legs. Later that day, a 16-year-old boy was also stopped because he looked nervous and was walking oddly. Agents found a package taped to his thigh with more than a pound of brown heroin. A boy was arrested later and two girls on Friday under similar circumstances.