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'Knucklehead' teen found lying under tree with 327 lbs of pot

Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents arrested a 17-year-old American boy Monday who was found lying under a tree in the West Desert with six bundles of marijuana, weighing about 327 pounds and valued at $163,500, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said Tuesday.

The teen, whom a Border Patrol spokesman called a "knucklehead," had an outstanding warrant from Pinal County Juvenile Court.

Child Protective Services was contacted and the juvenile was held for federal prosecution, the Border Patrol said.

In other Border Patrol activity in the Tucson Sector since Sunday:


Nogales Station agents apprehended a 28-year-old Mexican man Monday after he illegally entered the United States. During processing, agents discovered he has a conviction in Phoenix for burglary. He admitted to being a member of the Los Paisanos street gang. He was held for federal prosecution.

Douglas Station agents arrested a 59-year-old Mexican man Sunday for illegal entry. Record checks revealed he has convictions for robbery, assault, escape, illegal entry, carrying a concealed weapon, theft, lewd and lascivious behavior, and criminal trespassing. He faces federal charges.


Naco Station agents witnessed suspected drug smugglers loading several bundles of marijuana into a vehicle Monday. Air support was dispatched and the crew saw the driver try to flee into the desert. The driver was apprehended and 823 pounds of pot, worth $411,000 was found in the vehicle. The drugs and vehicle were taken to the Naco Station for processing and the suspect was held for federal prosecution.

Nogales Station agents found five illegal immigrants climbing over the border fence with bundles of marijuana Monday night. Agents only were able to apprehend one individual and seized more than 117 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $58,500, which was to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The person faces federal drug charges.


Casa Grande Station agents discovered a person's remains while patrolling in the West Desert Monday. The Tohono O’odham Police Department was contacted to take over the investigation.

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