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CBP Intercepts Heroin Smuggler

Release Date: 
September 16, 2016

Contraband concealed within backpack liner

Backpack liner concealed heroin
CBP officers intercepted a traveler hiding
heroin in her backpack liner.

HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport intercepted a passenger carrying more than two pounds of heroin valued at more than $70,000, Sept. 4.

CBP officers encountered a 26-year-old United States citizen returning from Guatemala City, Guatemala in possession of heroin.

CBP officers discovered the narcotic within the traveler’s camera bag, backpack and the interior lining of her luggage.   The traveler was arrested and turned over to the Houston Police Department.

“As America’s frontline, our mission is to protect the public from terrorists and harmful items coming into the United States,” said Area Port Director Charles G. Perez. “We take every opportunity to disrupt criminal activity whether it is the importation of illicit narcotics, prohibited agriculture products, or dangerous consumer products.”

On a typical day in 2015, CBP officers seized 9,435 pounds of drugs at U.S. ports of entry around the country. 

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017