Contraband concealed within 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.
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.