Teen arrested for marijuana filled tires

Cesar Augusto Grimaldo // CCDA

Authorities arrested a teen as he attempted to cross into the United States with marijuana hidden in tires.

The incident happened Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. at the Gateway International Port of Entry.

According to an affidavit, Cesar Augusto Grimaldo attempted to smuggle pot in the tires of a 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada.

Through an inspection, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer noticed the reading on the vehicle TMs tires were too high.

The officer stated that the 17-year-old was also acting nervous, and the vehicle was set for a second inspection.

Authorities requested a canine to conduct the inspection, and alerted the officers there were narcotics in the one of the tires.

A total of 16 packages, with a combined weight of 90 pounds, were found in all of the vehicle TMs four tires.

The 17-year-old was taken into custody where he allegedly admitted he had smuggled pot in his tires five times before.

Grimaldo told investigators he got the marijuana from Matamoros, Mexico.

Documents stated he was supposed to receive $1,250 to cross the drugs over to the U.S.

Grimaldo was charged with possession of marijuana, a second degree felony, and transported to Carrizlaz Rucker Detention Center in Olmito for processing.