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Mexican teen evade U.S. Border Patrol in Nogales by jumping from moving SUV during drug smuggling attempt

June 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican teen evade U.S. Border Patrol in Nogales by jumping from moving SUV during drug smuggling attempt

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A Mexican teen jumped out of a moving SUV while trying to escape U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed at the Nogales sector.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, The agents sought to capture the teen after seeing him load drugs into the car.

On Thursday, Border Patrol agents working at the Nogales Border Patrol Station in Arizona noticed the young man packing suspicious packages into an Isuzu Trooper. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and the driver initially complied and pulled over. After stopping, the driver started to drive away.

After moving roughly 200 feet, the Mexican teen opened the door and jumped out while the SUV was still moving. He attempted to flee on foot and the vehicle rolled further down the roadway. The SUV slowly rolled into some brush and then stopped.

A search of the car conducted by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents showed 12 packages believed to be marijuana. The teen was arrested, and the drugs, which weighed 585 pounds, and vehicle were seized.

The Mexican teen is facing immigration and drug smuggling charges.

Since the drop in illegal border crossings after President Donald Trump assumed office, Border Patrol agents have focused additional attention on drug smugglers and other dangerous cartel-related activities. In the Rio Grande Valley Sector where thousands of illegal border crossings per month took place, the decline in crossings allowed officers to increase heroin seizures by 177% and cocaine by 129%.

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