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CBP Officers in Nogales Arrest Heroin Smuggler

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NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 35-year-old Tucson man was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle more than two pounds of heroin into the United States through the Morley Pedestrian Gate.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers directed Calvin C. Howard III to a secondary questioning area after detecting possible drugs around his waist. Howard then attempted to flee back into Mexico and became combative when officers tried to take him into custody. Once they had him secured, officers removed two packages of heroin from around his waist and one smaller package from his navel. The drugs, worth nearly $30,000, were seized and Howard 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's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. OFO 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.

All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter or visit CBP for more information.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021