Schoolbus clean; third juvenile arrested in pot smuggling case

Published on Thu, May 6, 2004 by eg Olson

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School bus clean; third juvenile arrested in pot smuggling case

By Meg Olson

Another 16-year-old has been arrested in connection with pot smuggling on the Blaine school bus and county prosecutor Tom Verge implied that he may not be the end of the line. “The investigation is ongoing,” Verge said.

The juvenile male, a Tsawwassen, B.C. resident, surrendered himself at the Point Roberts port of entry where he was detained for an outstanding warrant. The warrant for conspiracy with intent to deliver marijuana was issued March 12, four days after 16-year-old male from Point Roberts was arrested on the same charge. The arrests started February 20 when another 16-year old Point Roberts girl was caught on the school bus with eight pounds of marijuana in a hockey bag and taken into custody at the Peace Arch port of entry.

The two Point Roberts teens are scheduled to go to trial in June on felony charges of conspiracy to deliver marijuana. The recently arrested teen will also face the more serious charge of delivery of a controlled substance when he is arraigned May 5. “We allege he delivered the drugs to (the female suspect) who then took them on the bus,” Verge said, adding the youth was still being held in juvenile detention on $25,000 bail.

The Northern Light does not publish the names of any juveniles in the criminal justice system, in the U.S. or in Canada.

Carl Wagelie, head of transportation for the Blaine school district, confirmed authorities were still checking for drugs on school buses as they left Point Roberts or as they arrive back in the U.S. at Blaine. Most recently, he said, Canadian customs inspectors searched a school bus as it left Point Roberts and no seizures were made. “They’re still checking and we’re still complying with what they ask us to do,” he said.