TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents working at the I-19 checkpoint Tuesday night arrested a woman found with heroin, valued at almost $116,000, on her body.
After agents referred a Ford sedan to the secondary inspection area, the driver and a female passenger, Brisseth Karina Gallardo-Ruiz, exited the vehicle for an immigration inspection. Agents then discovered that Gallardo-Ruiz, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was concealing two packages of heroin with a combined weight of 6.65 lbs. Gallardo-Ruiz will be presented for prosecution on narcotics-smuggling charges.
So far in Fiscal Year 2016, Tucson Sector has seized approximately 33 pounds of heroin.
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.