CBP Arrests A 16-Year-Old After Catching Them Using A Remote Control Car To Smuggling Drugs Across The Border
Kids are inventive. They are smart and always looking for a new way to show off their brilliant minds. Need proof? Did you not hear about the little 8-year-old Mexican girl who has a higher IQ than that of Albert Einstein? Or how about the 16-year-old that graduated from Harvard University? That innovative way of thinking isn’t always a good thing. Just because a kid figures out how to do something, doesn’t mean they should actually do it. We say this with kindness because as psychologists note, people’s brains aren’t fully formed until they are 25. So, they won’t always make rational decisions. On that note, please excuse the following teenager.
Border agents apprehended a 16-year-old boy who used a remote-controlled car to transport methamphetamine across the border.
On Nov. 17, at about 12:30 a.m., agents noticed a person with two duffel bags. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that agents followed the individual and discovered that he was a teenager and was also in possession of meth and a remote-controlled car. But how much can a toy car carry anyway? It is tiny, after all.
Agents reportedly detained 50 packages of methamphetamine or about 55.84 pounds of meth that has an estimated street value of $106,096.
It wasn’t that long ago that tunnels were discovered at the U.S.-Mexico border and were believed to be used for drug trafficking into the U.S. The arrest by CBP shows the extent and complexity of which drugs are getting across the U.S.-Mexico border. The teenager was able to fit the drug on the remote control car because he had altered the car by removing the top. The drugs fit on the undercarriage of the car to be transported in and out of the U.S. and Mexico on what looks more like a remote control skateboard.
It’s hard to think that this teenage boy was acting alone on either side of the border. His identity has not been revealed since he is underage.
The teen was arrested in San Diego, so someone was clearly on one side bringing the meth to the toy car while the boy waited on the other side. But the report doesn’t specify if the kid was transporting the meth to Mexico or bringing meth into the U.S.
San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison stated, “I am extremely proud of the agents’ heightened vigilance and hard work in stopping this unusual smuggling scheme.”
People on social media gave the kid props for using his clever skills of using a remote-controlled car.
“I respect their game,” one person said on Twiter. “This is innovation lowkey lol” another said. “And they say kids aren’t learning anything in school these days…” They have a point there.
Others chastised the kid for not thinking things through all the way. “Well, he got caught so he’s not that smart.” Others pointed out the inventive way this kid beat the so-called wall system that President Donald Trump wants to implement, “But isn’t the wall stopping all the drugs coming in!!”
This is not the first time border agents have detained people of transporting drugs through inventive means.
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In 2017, another San Diego male, this time a 25-year-old used a drone to transport several pounds of methamphetamine across the border. According to a press release by CBP Public Affairs, “An agent on an all-terrain vehicle spotted a male suspect at about 11:40 p.m. near the border at Servano Avenue and Valentino Street. The agent approached the man and discovered that he possessed a large open bag that had multiple plastic-wrapped packages containing methamphetamine. After the agent arrested the man, a search of the immediate area was conducted, leading to the discovery of a drone that was concealed under a bush. The drone was approximately two feet in height.”
In that drug bust, the amount the smuggler was caught with 13.44 pounds, which has an estimated street value of $46,000. So that’s only a fraction of what the teen boy had obtained.
While some may speculate this issue is proof that the United States needs a stronger border, people will find ways to transport drugs. Until both the U.S. and the Mexico governments address that their drug problem is everyone’s problem none of these issues will ever end.