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Teen uses RC car to smuggle meth near San Diego border

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a teenager Sunday after he used a remote-controlled car to smuggle meth across the border.
Credit: US Border Patrol

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 16-year-old boy Sunday after finding he used a remote-controlled car to transport methamphetamine across the California border.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Nov. 17, agents saw a person with two duffel bags walking along the secondary border wall, ducking in and out of the agents' view. An agent notified other agents in the area, who responded to the site.

One agent spotted the suspect hiding in thick brush near the U.S./Mexico International Border. The teen had a remote-controlled car and two large duffel bags in his possession.

The agent approached him and discovered he was a 16-year-old U.S citizen.

After questioning him and searching his bags, the agent found 50 packages of methamphetamine. The teen was arrested and taken to a nearby station to face drug smuggling charges. The methamphetamine bundles weighed 55.84 lbs. and have an estimated street value of $106,096.

Agents stopped a similar attempt in 2017, where a remote-controlled drone was used to smuggle narcotics across the border.

“I am extremely proud of the agents’ heightened vigilance and hard work in stopping this unusual smuggling scheme,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said about Sunday's seizure and arrest.