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Border Patrol Catches Body-Carrier with Heroin

Release Date: 
May 2, 2016

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021