US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

CBP Officers Intercept Heroin Worth Close to $75,000

Release Date: 
August 20, 2013

NACO, ARIZ.—A 26-year-old woman from Mexico was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Naco Saturday for attempting to smuggle nearly six pounds of heroin into the United States.

Maria Cecilia Ruiz-Garcia was referred for a secondary inspection. Subsequently, CBP officers discovered more than $74,000 worth of heroin in a hidden compartment of her roll-away backpack. Ruiz was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP officers working at Arizona's ports are assigned to the Office of Field Operations, the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.


Last modified: 
February 3, 2021