Cartels use kids to bring drugs across United States-Mexico border
On May 9, a 15-year-old girl walked into Arizona through the San Luis port of entry, near Yuma, with 5 pounds of marijuana strapped around her belly.
She got busted by Customs and Border Protection officers.
Later that same day, a 16-year-old boy tried the same thing with 2 pounds of cannabis taped to his legs. He, too, was arrested.
The marijuana, with a combined street value of $72,000, was confiscated.
The juveniles - both U.S. citizens - were turned over to police.
But others keep taking their place.
In the past two years, Homeland Security officials have witnessed a disturbing development along the Mexican border: kid smugglers.