TUCSON, Ariz. — A 33-year-old Phoenix woman was arrested after a failed drug smuggling attempt at the Port of Lukeville.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Claudia Cortez, for a secondary inspection of her Infiniti sedan, with the assistance from a CBP narcotics detection canine. After the dog alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed 11 packages of methamphetamine and an additional package of heroin inside the gas tank. There was nearly 12 pounds of meth with a value of nearly $35,000 and more than a pound and a half worth of heroin, worth nearly $22,000.
Officers processed the drugs and vehicle for seizure, while Cortez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.