TUCSON, AZ - Officers have arrested a record number of people who've strapped drugs to their bodies and tried to walk through our ports of entry, according to U. S. Customs and Border Protection agents based in Tucson. And those "body carriers," as they're called, are getting younger and younger.
Between October 2010 and May 2011, officers arrested 295 body carriers, 96 of them, or nearly a third, have been children.
One of the youngest caught this year was a 13-year-old boy.
"They may think that because they're minors, at age 18 their record may erase and there will be a clean slate, but that's not the case," said Chris Leon, of U. S. Customs and Border Protection. "The fact that you're bringing drugs across the border is a serious charge that will have long-term effects."
Leon said these kids are paid anywhere from $50 to $3,000. More than 60 percent of the boys and girls arres
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