L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Man posing as disabled person allegedly found to have marijuana in wheelchair

April 4, 2011 |  2:36 pm

Wheelchair seized with marijuana hidden under seat A 19-year-old man posing as a disabled person was allegedly found to have five pounds of marijuana stuffed under the seat of a wheelchair at the San Ysidro border crossing, U.S. authorities said Monday.

The suspect, Donte Jonae Damas, looked nervous when a drug-sniffing dog approached him at the port of entry’s pedestrian processing area.

The dog alerted customs officers, who allegedly found the marijuana tightly wrapped in three packages under his seat, authorities said.

Damas is an able-bodied U.S. citizen, officials said.

“He didn’t need the wheelchair,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "It was just a ploy to distract the inspectors."

ALSO:

Suspects in Giants fan beating fled in car with 10-year-old boy, police say

L.A. receives 231 applications to operate medical marijuana dispensaries

Recording of Barry Bonds' surgeon discovered; he had denied discussing player's alleged steroid use

-- Richard Marosi in San Diego

Photo: Wheelchair seized with marijuana hidden under seat. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Comments 

Advertisement










Video