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18-Year-Old Woman Arrested for Smuggling Heroin

Release Date: 
March 1, 2013

NOGALES, ARIZ.—A female Mexican national was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 3.5 pounds of heroin through the Dennis DeConcini Port.

Customs and Border Protection officers selected Karen Ashley Cedano Rojas, 18, for an additional inspection when she attempted to enter the U.S. through a pedestrian lane. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. During the search, a female CBP officer found packages with approximately 3.4 pounds of heroin tucked below the woman's clothing.

The heroin, with an estimated value of nearly $47,000, was processed for seizure. Cedano was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

It was the second time in the past week that a young woman was enlisted to attempt to bring heroin into the United States. On Feb. 21, an 18-year-old Nogales, Sonora woman was arrested for trying to smuggle less than a pound of heroin in her bra.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017