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Tecate CBP Officers Stop 2 U.S. Teenagers with Marijuana Hidden in Their Pants

Release Date: 
February 3, 2011

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.

A cylinder of marijuana found in teens pants.

CBP officers at the Tecate port of entry caught a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen with this package, containing more than two pounds of marijuana, hidden in his pants.

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017