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Two Arizona juveniles arrested for marijuana air cannon smuggling operation

December 11, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two Arizona juveniles arrested for marijuana air cannon smuggling operation

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Two underaged American teens were arrested in Arizona for their role in a Mexican air cannon smuggling.

According to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on Wednesday, border patrol agents recognized what looked like drugs being ejected from across the Mexican border. The agency used multi-surveillance programs to observe the air movements. They proceeded to send two agents to where the items had descended.

When agents arrived, they found two minors with a 34-pound “bundle” of weed that was formed into a cylindrical mold to fit the 55-gallon drum used to transport the package as it was airborne.

The two juvenile suspects were transported to the Cochise County Attorney for prosecution under the Operation Immediate Consequence, and the drugs were subsequently seized by officials.

“Smuggling organizations often take advantage of teens, lying to them about their chances of being prosecuted for their roles in smuggling attempts,” Michael Hyatt stated, who is the agent in charge of the Brian A. Terry Border Station. “In many cases, they do not realize the true consequences of their actions.”

The suspects may face 18 months behind bars for thor role in the air cannon smuggling operation.

Border Patrol officials in Arizona revealed back in April that drug smugglers are also starting to use drones to deliver drugs into the U.S.

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