CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Thursday arrested a pedestrian after discovering she was concealing more than a half-pound of heroin inside her body cavity.
The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on January 22, when a CBP officer encountered a 28-year-old U.S. citizen after she arrived at the downtown port on foot. The officer noticed the woman appeared nervous and escorted her to a secure area for additional inspection.
During the inspection and following an alert from a narcotics detector dog, officers suspected that the woman was possibly concealing narcotics internally, and transported her to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.
More than a half-pound of heroin was discovered inside her body cavity, with an estimated street value of almost $6,000.
The woman, a U.S. citizen and resident of Thermal, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. She was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
CBP seized the narcotics.
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.