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Teen curfew sweep at San Ysidro border

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SAN YSIDRO (CBS 8) – San Diego police are cracking down in a curfew sweep at the border crossing in San Ysidro.

Officers are targeting teens crossing the border to party in Tijuana. The legal age to drink alcohol in Mexico is 18, but in San Diego anyone out after 10 p.m. is violating curfew.

As people crossed the San Ysidro border into Mexico Friday night, San Diego police stopped underage teens asking for identification. If they were under 18 they were arrested for violating curfew. In San Diego the curfew ordinance is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"It's for their safety and protection. We know they go down to Mexico and consume alcohol,” said acting Lt. Terence Charlot.

Officers are concerned about drunken teens being taken advantage of such as being victimized or forced into the sex trade. "Studies have shown there is a significant drop in juvenile crimes and victimization when curfew ordinances are enforced,” said Charlot.

Police have been doing curfew enforcement at the San Ysidro border for years and recently every weekend for the past month during various spring breaks. They are targeting underage kids wanting to drink alcohol in Tijuana.

Officers say they have arrested several teens as young as 15. “They are usually acting as if they are over the age of 18,” said Charlot.

Underage teens are known to flash fake identification and in some cases will show their real ID hoping police will not notice.

When teens are arrested for violating curfew they are held until their parents are called to pick them up. It’s a misdemeanor to violate curfew and offenders must face a juvenile judge in court.

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