There was a lot at stake for this young college student, DJ, who despite having no criminal history faced more than four years in prison after a K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in the bed of DJ's Chevy pickup.
It started with a trip to Mexico to visit close family.
While there, a friend asked DJ to take 15 secured tile boxes to Phoenix in return for gas money. It was June 30, 2013, and DJ (along with her 80-year-old grandmother) went through the San Luis port of entry without problems.
But in Tombstone, Ariz. they ran into a US Border Patrol Checkpoint. It was there that a K-9 alerted to the drugs. Agents discovered 150 bricks of marijuana, weighing just over 152 pounds total, stashed inside the tile boxes.
The US Attorney's Office offered a deal. The deal involved a lesser prison sentence in exchange for DJ's guilty plea, but the problem was DJ wasn't guilty. Such a result would have jeopardized her career as a college student and her future.
Attorney Richard Suzuki and his investigation team went to work to prove DJ's innocence, obtaining sworn affidavits and gathering the evidence needed to make a difference in the outcome. It took six months - but just today we received word that the US Attorney's Office dismissed its case against our young client.