Teens Arrested After Catapulting Drugs Across The U.S. Border

On Wednesday, two teenagers were arrested for firing air cannons, filled with drugs, over the border into the United States.

The drugs were launched from Mexico into Naco, Arizona.

During a news release on Friday, Border Patrol agents reported that the United States citizens were in possession of a large cylindrical shaped bundle weighing approximately 34 pounds.

According to the released statement by Border Patrol, upon seizure of the marijuana-filled bundle, the agents “turned the teens over to Cochise County Attorney for prosecution through Operation Immediate Consequence.”

Photo Credit: (Andy Ellison – Cronkite NewsWatch)

Patrol Agent Michael Hyatt said in the news release, “Smuggling organizations often take advantage of teens, lying to them about their chances of being prosecuted for their roles in smuggling attempts. In many cases, they do not realize the true consequences of their actions.”

The Arizona Republic reported in August that Cochise County authorities may prosecute them as adults as a means to deter teenagers from partaking in this criminal activity.

The Border Patrol statement also noted that the juveniles face up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

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