Border Patrol Arrests Cartel Drug Smugglers Using Children As Diversions – 225 LBS Of Meth Seized

It’s disturbing the lengths that cartels will go to to get these poisons into our country. We know the cartels are ruthless, murderous organizations, but endangering children to get hardcore drugs across the border is low even for them. When I was in New Mexico covering the construction of Airman Brian Kolfage’s first section of border wall, we encountered many drug paths, and the cartels would regularly send scouts to see what we were doing. I included a video I shot of one cartel drug path we came across at the end of this article. Our wall cut off the paths, but cartels also send smugglers through ports of entry like in the instances below. Children as young as six were used as diversions.

CBP is reporting:

“PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman yesterday at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had 160 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside her SUV. The woman also had her two minor children in the car, which is a repeat of a smuggling incident that occurred on Tuesday.

The incident began on Wednesday, October 2, at around 6:30 p.m., when a woman driving a silver Nissan Murano approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle, which resulted in an alert. The agent sent the woman to secondary inspection for further examination.

In secondary, a K-9 performed a second sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the driver’s door and passenger-side rear-cargo area. Agents searched and discovered plastic-wrapped bundles concealed in the rear cargo area, rear bumper, center console, and all four doors. Agents also retrieved bundles inside the SUV’s spare tire. A total of 160 bundles of meth were recovered, which weighed 157.54 pounds and had an estimated street value of $362,342.

The driver, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. The two minor children, aged 12 and 13, were released to family members.

“This is the second event this week where drug smugglers used children as a diversion,” said San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “I am proud of our agents’ dedication. They diligently safeguard children from being used as decoys to benefit transnational criminal organizations.””

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The day before Border Patrol intercepted that shipment of drugs, they made another bust in the same area. A six-year-old child was used by the smuggler as a diversion.

“U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had methamphetamine hidden inside her SUV with a child in her car on Tuesday.

At approximately 9 p.m., on Oct. 1, 2019, a woman and her 6-year-old son arrived at the I-8 checkpoint in a 1999 Ford Expedition. Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection for further examination. Once there, a K-9 alerted to the rear door of the SUV.

Searching the vehicle, agents found several plastic-wrapped packages inside the left and right side rear-door panels. Agents also noticed the rear spare tire had abnormalities and discovered packages were inside. At the end of their search, the agents retrieved a total of 65 bundles of crystal meth. The bundles weighed 67.68 pounds and have an estimated street value of $179,352.

The driver, a 25-year-old Mexican national, was arrested and her child was placed with Child Protective Services. The narcotics were turned over to officials at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

“I am very proud of the dedication displayed by these agents,” said San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “They are committed to keeping dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities and protecting innocent children from being used as pawns by criminal organizations.””

When I was covering the construction of our border wall, I spoke with several Border Patrol agents. They told me how the cartels would send groups of immigrants, often with children, to attempt to cross the border. They would cross in areas where they knew they would be caught. While Border Patrol agents were busy with them, cartel scouts would alert drug smugglers to cross in another area. The migrants were used by the cartels as diversions to get narcotics into our country undetected.

Here’s a short video I shot of a cartel drug smuggling path when we first started construction on our border wall in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Below is a shot I took of the path the drug smugglers would use after they illegally entered the U.S.

This is a shot of the same path from the bottom.

Of course, our wall cut that path off and there have been zero reported crossings in that area since we completed construction. It’s estimated 33,000 illegal crossings & millions of dollars in drugs have been stopped since we finished that section of the wall. Here’s a photo I took as we placed the final section of wall. It’s the exact spot the drug path was in.

We obviously need more wall to stop the flow of drugs & illegal immigrants from getting into our country, yet at the same time, we need more Border Patrol agents to man the ports of entry & to fill in the gaps where there are no border barriers yet.

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Jeff Rainforth is the photographer & news editor for Airman Kolfage’s We Build the Wall, Inc.
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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."

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