Federal agents find missing juvenile, $64K at border checkpoint

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Border patrol agents on Friday located a missing juvenile and seized $64,000 in cash as a vehicle attempted to avoid authorities at a south Texas checkpoint.

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According to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kingsville agents made the discovery when a motorist attempted to drive past the Javier Vega Jr. immigration checkpoint outside of Sarita.

Agents determined that the motorist and juvenile passenger were U.S. citizens, KZTV reported. A further investigation by agents revealed that the juvenile was registered with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children database.

Deputies with the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office took custody of the motorist, the juvenile, cash and the vehicle, according to the news release.

The juvenile was turned over to the Texas Juvenile Probation Office by deputies.

“Very proud of our Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents, who through their diligent work encountered a missing juvenile, further avoiding risk to her life and safety,” Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement.

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