YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents working with a canine at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a Mexican woman Saturday after finding more than 5 pounds of heroin, worth almost $90,000, strapped around her waist.
Agents discovered the drugs after a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from a shuttle van, in which she was a passenger.
The woman and drugs were processed in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines. The shuttle van and other passengers were released without incident.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.