Sergio Alejandro Torres, Julio Cesar Moreno say van sold by U.S. had drugs

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Two high-school students are fighting drug-trafficking charges in Mexico, saying the cocaine found in their van had actually been there and unnoticed when it was sold to their family at a U.S. government auction.

Sergio Alejandro Torres and Julio Cesar Moreno have been in jail since November, when Mexican police at a highway checkpoint found cocaine beneath the dashboard of their 2004 Toyota Sienna. Their parents are gathering evidence to show they had no knowledge the drugs were there.

Father Sergio Torres showed The Associated Press a letter from a U.S. Justice Department official acknowledging that law enforcement officials might have failed to detect the cocaine when it was seized in 2011.