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PHOENIX (Reuters) – U.S. border police have nabbed a Mexican teen caught cycling over the Arizona border with a load of marijuana -- his second such arrest in five days, authorities said.
Border Patrol agents in Yuma, in far western Arizona, said they arrested the 17-year-old boy pedaling a bicycle loaded with 30 pounds of pot near the Colorado River on Sunday evening.
Agents ran a records check and found they had arrested the same boy in the same area on July 14, on that occasion wheeling into the United States with 27 pounds of marijuana on his bicycle.
Mexican drug cartels frequently use youngsters to ferry narcotics over the U.S. border because as juveniles they often can avoid prosecution.
Border Patrol agents turned the unnamed bicycling youth over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.
(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; editing by Steve Gorman)