NACO, ARIZ.—A 4-year-old Mexican woman was arrested Wednesday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Naco Port of Entry discovered an assortment of drugs totaling more than 150 pounds.
Officers referred Emilia Reyes-Balderrama for an additional inspection of her Ford truck when she attempted to enter the United States. During the search, officers found nine pounds of heroin valued at an estimated $126,000; nearly 80 pounds of cocaine worth more than $725,000; and almost 64 pounds of methamphetamine valued at nearly $987,000. Combined, officers seized more than $1.8 million in illegal drugs.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Reyes was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. 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.
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.