A teenager from Texas was arrested last week after US Customs and Border Protection officers stopped him and discovered his attempt to smuggle 81 pounds of meth across the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to US Customs and Border Protection, the 19-year-old was traveling back to San Juan, TX after a weekend in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, when he was stopped in a black Ford Mustang on the Anzalduas International Bridge on February 18.

The officers used non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment during a secondary inspection of the car, and it was then that they discovered the 81 pounds of meth — worth $1.62 million.

"There are always consequences for ill-advised actions and smuggling narcotics will not only tarnish your reputation but will also affect your life after facing charges that may result in jail time," Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said in a statement released by the department.

The teen is currently being held by Homeland Security pending further investigation.


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