COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) - A 14-year-old from Palomas, Mexico, has been arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly 15 pounds of marijuana is his school backpack.
The teenager was trying to enter the U.S. at the port of entry in Columbus, N.M., on Wednesday. The agency says in a statement that the boy was in a pedestrian lane when the officer at an inspection booth checked his backpack and found 14 packages of marijuana.
Officials say 40 percent of the marijuana seizures at the Columbus port involved smugglers who are minors. Five other juveniles have been arrested while carrying marijuana at the border crossing this year.
The biggest seizure involved 483 pounds of pot found concealed in a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old Deming boy.
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