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Juveniles Forced to Carry Marijuana Over Border

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station apprehended a group of undocumented immigrants who were backpacking marijuana.

Monday at about 8:30 a.m., agents began tracking signs of foot traffic from a group of people heading north. The agents tracked the group for about 13 miles before encountering the individuals resting in the brush. The group attempted to flee; the agents apprehended five adults and four juveniles. Five backpacks containing more than $50,000 worth of marijuana were also seized.

The apprehended individuals, two of whom were females, consisted of Nicaraguan, Guatemalan, and Mexican nationals. They were transported to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station for processing and removal to their countries of origin. The juveniles, ranging in age from 12 to 17, said they were forced to carry the backpacks by smugglers in order to receive food and water.