Friday, April 6, 2018

Teen fentanyl smugglers

A recent rash of arrests of teenagers attempting to smuggle fentanyl has federal and local law enforcement warning underage smugglers of the consequences of getting caught. “Juveniles should be forewarned that their age doesn’t necessarily give them immunity" Since October 1, six juveniles have been caught with fentanyl.

Five of those arrests took place over a five-day period last week — from March 27 to March 31 — all of them at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Juveniles are taking great risks for small sums of money, typically less than $500. They are recruited though a variety of channels with smuggling organizations often telling teens that if they are caught, the consequences will be minimal due to their age. 

Even the smallest exposure to the drug, including through skin absorption or inhalation, could be deadly.