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Apr 25, 2013 6:15 AM by Brian White

4 teenage girls charged with smuggling heroin across border

TUCSON - Four teenage girls were caught with over 7 pounds of heroin tucked into their waistbands, US Customs and Border Protection said in a release.

Agents at the I-19 checkpoint just south of Amado pulled a commercial shuttle over for inspection when the drugs were found, the release detailed. One of the girls, a 15-year-old, began acting nervous during questioning.

Agents were granted permission to search the girl's bags and founf bundles of heroin, according to the release. The discovery of the heroin prompted agents to search to remaining passengers. Three additional girls were found to have the packets nestled in their waistbands.

The four girls were between 15 and 17 years old. All of them were turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

Customs and Border Protection agents say drug smugglers are increasingly using teenagers under 18 to help bring drugs in the US.

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