U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Columbus port of entry seized nearly eight pounds of marijuana hidden in the girl’s backpack as she attempted to enter the country as a pedestrian.
The girl, from Palomas, Mexico, was caught after an examination of her backpack revealed several brick-shaped bundles inside. Officers then removed seven marijuana-filled bundles
weighing 7.9 pounds. The teen was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents.
The seizure was the fifth marijuana bust made at the Columbus port so far this year – and the first involving a juvenile smuggler.
The four other seizures netted 257 pounds of marijuana.