TUCSON, ARIZ.—Two people were arrested recently for attempting to smuggle five pounds of narcotics inside their undergarments.
Wednesday afternoon, Nogales station Border Patrol agents working the I-19 checkpoint south of Amado referred a commercial shuttle for inspection. During the encounter, agents discovered one pound of methamphetamines concealed in underwear worn by an 18-year-old male United States citizen.
Last night, Customs and Border Protection officers from the Dennis DeConcini port of entry (POE) arrested a 23-year-old female United States citizen for attempting to smuggle four pounds of heroin concealed in her bra.
The narcotics had a total estimated value of $70,000. The subjects face possible prosecution.
Checkpoint and POE operations play a vital role in preventing criminals from transporting contraband into the United States by restricting routes of egress from the border region.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.