Drugs sales may have financed Boston terror plot (Video)

The state says both Tamerlan and Dzhokhar — his brother and the other bombing suspect — received welfare benefits as children through their parents while the family lived in Massachusetts.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers and suspects in last week’s Boston Marathon bombing attack, may have financed their plot through drug sales, investigators believe.

According to sources, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was unemployed and later died in a shootout with police, made money selling marijuana, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reported.

Meanwhile, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said it was a remote control for a toy car that triggered the bombs in the Boston Marathon explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 260, CBS News learned. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) made the announcement early Wednesday evening.

Also, two U.S. officials say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect, was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside a boat in a neighborhood back yard. Authorities originally said they had exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar for more than one hour Friday evening before they were able to subdue him.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation, say investigators recovered a 9 mm handgun believed to have been used by Tamerlan, from the site of a gun battle Thursday night, which injured a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer. Dzhokhar was believed to have been shot before he escaped.


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