Four teen-aged girls were taken into custody Monday after agents at the Border Patrol checkpoint south of Amado say they caught them allegedly trying to smuggle heroin.
According to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the four girls aged 15 to 17 were passengers in a commercial shuttle being inspected at the checkpoint.
A 15-year-old passenger behaved nervously during questioning, and after receiving consent to search her bags, agents found bundles of heroin, the release said.
Agents searched other passengers and found that four of them had heroin tucked into their waistbands, the release said.
Agents seized 7.75 pounds of the drug valued at an estimated $90,000. The girls were turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.
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