TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly two pounds of fentanyl on Tuesday afternoon.
Officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 22-year-old Altar, Sonora, Mexico, woman for further inspection at a pedestrian lane after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. A subsequent search by officers led to the removal of 5 packages hidden in the woman’s undergarments contained almost two pounds of fentanyl pills, worth nearly $21,000.
Officers seized the drugs and arrested the subject, who was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.