A 15-year-old boy was caught at the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas last week with 1,380 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $1.1 million, officials announced Monday.
Border patrol agents were working near the Rio Grande in Los Indios, south of Harlingen, when they saw several people loading bundles of marijuana into an SUV, a Customs and Border Protection press release said. When the agents tried to stop the vehicle, the driver pulled over and ran.
Agents apprehended the boy and took him to the local police department, the press release said. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“This is a prime example of how transnational criminal organizations are exploiting the youth,” Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. said in a statement. “These young lives are deliberately put in danger for the profit of smuggling drugs and immigrants.”