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    High school students ran drug, illegal immigrant smuggling rings in San Diego

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    A high school student in San Diego has been charged with running a smuggling ring that brought both illegal immigrants and drugs such as methamphetamine and the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl across the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest indication that cartels are tapping youths to help their criminal schemes.

    Phillip Junior Webb was nabbed last week when he drove across the border with two illegal immigrants hiding in the trunk of his car, investigators said in court papers filed late Monday.

    Authorities had apparently been keeping tabs on him for a while though, with the court documents showing they’d come across five juveniles over the last year who were caught smuggling drugs strapped on their bodies. Each of them said he had been recruited by Mr. Webb, 18, who had been a classmate and who paid them up to $500 for each smuggling attempt.

    One of the juveniles reported he was successful perhaps 20 times, collecting thousands of dollars in cash during that time frame, before he was finally caught.

    “We are seeing a very troubling trend and we want to warn parents and high schoolers,” said U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman, who announced the charges. “Our youth are being recruited by drug cartels to smuggle dangerous drugs across the border. We are going after the recruiters who exploit these kids, but the kids also need to know that they are gambling with their lives when they do this.”

    His office also announced charges in another case involving students at another San Diego area high school who smuggled methamphetamine across the border.

    A sheriff’s deputy spotted a drug handoff in the parking lot of San Ysidro High School between Alejandro Barba and a juvenile student at the school. The student got into Mr. Barba’s car with a backpack, spend about a minute in the car fiddling with the backpack, then get out, the government said in court papers.

    The deputy later stopped Mr. Barba’s car for failure to display a front license plate, and then observed what appeared to be drugs in packages in the back seat. The packages were tested and found to contain methamphetamine.

    Detectives then went back and tracked down the student who said he got the drugs from another student at the school. When detectives found that student he admitted he had smuggled them across the border, authorities said.

    The documents don’t say whether any of the juveniles were charged, but Mr. Barba, 27, faces one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

    Mr. Webb faces counts of conspiracy to distribute meth and smuggling an illegal immigrant for financial gain.

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    Get these illegal aliens OUT of our schools. They bring their criminal families and their criminal ways into our neighborhoods and schools!

    They are not here "for a better life". They trash our neighborhoods, steal identities, overwhelm our medical facilities, take our welfare, lie, cheat and steal, mouth off in our streets, storm OUR government offices...the whole family is corrupt.

    Now they are corrupting our children and dumbing down our student in our schools.

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    Yeah, these are you "better life" "innocent" "dreamers". Get it through your thick skulls, they were all brought here by the cartels because they all WORK for the cartels.
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    18-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs and Undocumented Immigrants

    July 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom

    SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to recruiting classmates at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista to smuggle narcotics into the United States from Mexico.

    Phillip Junior Webb of Tijuana admitted that he arranged for juvenile couriers to smuggle a total of 6.18 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl across the international border on four occasions between July and October 2017.

    In each instance, the juveniles had drugs strapped to their bodies as they attempted to enter the United States through customs facilities in Otay Mesa or San Ysidro, according to prosecutors.

    Webb also admitted to trying to sneak two undocumented immigrants into the United States for financial gain.

    Webb was arrested May 4 after being caught at San Ysidro Port of Entry with two foreigners — a Chinese citizen and a Mexican national — in the trunk of his car.

    In light of his guilty pleas, Webb faces 13 years to life in prison and fines totaling $1.25 million. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9.

    During the 2016 fiscal year, law enforcement tracked a 153-percent spike in drug seizures involving minors — from 39 to 99 cases — in the U.S. Southern District of California, according to federal authorities.

    “As law enforcers and as parents, we are tremendously concerned about our youth being exploited by drug cartels,” San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “Juveniles need to know that consequences are real and dramatic.”

    During a one-week span in March, five minors were arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry while trying to smuggle fentanyl into the country, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Many of the youthful perpetrators are recruited into the drug underworld at their high schools, government officials report.

    In response to the trend, federal and state law enforcement agencies have begun a publicity campaign in a bid to dissuade minors from becoming so- called “drug mules” for cartels.

    Newly installed billboards in San Diego and Imperial counties and Tijuana feature stark warnings that smuggling drugs could cost minors their futures.

    Prosecutors and federal agents also are holding educational programs in South Bay high schools to impress upon students the extreme hazards of handling deadly drugs like fentanyl and working with ruthless violent criminals, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.

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    Incarnate Word student, friend accused of smuggling $900,000

    By Guillermo Contreras
    Updated 7:43 am CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018


    Photo: Guillermo Contreras /Staff Photographer

    Rafael Gabriel Martinez Leal, 19, (left) and Juan Pablo Hoyos Avila, 19, (right) leave the federal courthouse in San Antonio on July 17, 2017, after a hearing on bulk-cash smuggling charges.


    A University of the Incarnate Word student and his friend were arrested Tuesday on charges they were smuggling nearly $900,000 of suspected drug proceeds in a private airplane that was detained at the San Antonio International Airport.

    Juan Pablo Hoyos Avila, 19, who is studying business administration, and Rafael Gabriel Martinez Leal, 19, both appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon on the bulk-cash smuggling charge, for which they could receive up to five years in prison if convicted.


    RELATED: San Antonio man executed for store clerk murder, robbery

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in San Antonio, acting on a tip, diverted for inspection a private plane bound for Monterrey, Mexico, on Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed against the pair. During the inspection, agents asked the plane’s five occupants, including the pilot, if they had anything over $10,000 to declare, the affidavit said. Hoyos declared $960.


    The affidavit said eight sealed boxes that had pictures of a fan and one fan that was not in a box were found inside the plane. Seven of the boxes contained bundles wrapped in gray duct tape. The bundles were opened and U.S. currency totaling $879,099 was found, the affidavit said.

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