Border Patrol agents seized 1,380 pounds of marijuana valued at $1.1 million after seeing several people load the drugs into a car near the Rio Grande in Los Indios, Texas.
The driver of the drug-smuggling vehicle was a 15-year-old male from Mexico who was turned over to the local police department after being caught by Border Patrol.
Border Patrol agents were patrolling Los Indios, located far south near the border, when they spotted the juvenile and some others loading the bundles of marijuana into the car. They followed the vehicle and pulled the man over.
The juvenile tried to run from agents after being pulled over, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“This is a prime example of how transnational criminal organizations are exploiting the youth,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “These young lives are deliberately put in danger for the profit of smuggling drugs and immigrants.”
The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.