San Luis, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned at the San Luis port of entry yesterday demonstrated their commitment in safeguarding the U.S. border. A 24-year-old woman is behind bars for attempting to smuggle more than pounds of cocaine taped to her body. Also in custody, a 17-year old who was caught smuggling marijuana taped to his leg.
On December 2, the woman applied for entry through the pedestrian building and was met with CBP officers who were processing travelers entering the country. The skilled officers noticed something unusual about the woman's demeanor. Upon closer examination discovered she had three cocaine packages taped to her torso area.
The woman was immediately arrested and turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and the cocaine was seized. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $183,040.00
Also on the same day, a 17-year-old attempted to enter the country through the pedestrian lane and was found to have one marijuana package taped to the inside of his leg with an approximate weight of more than one pound.
The young man was immediately arrested and turned over to the San Luis, Ariz., police department for further investigation and marijuana was seized. The marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $3,520.00.
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.