Tecate, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Tecate port of entry Wednesday stopped two 19-year-old male teenagers from Tecate, Calif., both with round packages of marijuana hidden in their pants, in the groin area.
At about 6 a.m., a CBP officer observing travelers in the pedestrian processing area noticed the first teen walking in an unusual manner, and escorted him aside for further inspection.
A CBP officer with a narcotic detector dog screened the teenager, and the canine alerted.
At almost the same time, the second teenager applied to enter the U.S. as a pedestrian.
While the teen was presenting his documents to the CBP officer at the inspection booth, the CBP officer with the narcotic detector dog was screening pedestrians entering the U.S. The canine alerted to the teenager, and CBP officers escorted him for further investigation.
In each case, CBP officers found a cylindrical package containing marijuana. CBP seized the narcotics, more than two pounds of marijuana in each incident, each package with an estimated value of a little more than $1,200. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents took custody of the teens, both U.S. citizens; they were booked into the San Diego County Jail.