TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Port of Nogales had a busy weekend as they arrested 13 body carriers attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States. The drugs consisted of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl with a combined weight of nearly 19 pounds, and estimated street value of nearly $37,000.
Nine females and four males, all who are United States citizens, ranged in age from 18-46 years old. The methods of concealment varied from internal carriers to those who strapped the drug packages to their bodies.
Friday, two females attempted to cross as pedestrians with drugs taped to different areas of their bodies. The same day, a man tried to cross on his bicycle with a baggie of methamphetamine and heroin taped to his inner thigh.
Saturday, a female was caught with two packages of methamphetamine strapped to her chest. The same day an 18-year-old male, attempted to cross with meth within his vehicle as well as in his sock and boot.
The majority of the seizures occurred on Sunday, when eight of the body carriers were arrested.
All of the narcotics were seized and the individuals were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) for further processing.