An attempt to get heroin past Border Patrol agents failed when the authorities got a closer look at the waistlines.
Two 17-year-olds and one adult are under arrest after agents found more than $100,000 worth of heroin taped around their stomachs. The bust came Tuesday at the I-19 checkpoint, while agents were inspecting three commercial shuttles. K-9 officers first detected the drugs.
The teens were turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office; the adult faces possible prosecution.
In the past few years, Border Patrol agents have seen an increase in young adults and teens attempting to smuggle humans and narcotics.