TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, Arizona, arrested a U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle numerous doses of fentanyl Friday afternoon.
While conducting an immigration inspection of a passenger shuttle, Tucson Sector agents discovered and seized a cylindrical package concealed on a female passenger’s body. The package contained pills, weighing 8.1 ounces, consistent with the characteristics of fentanyl.
The 18-year-old Nevada woman was arrested. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has assumed custody of the case.
U.S. Border Patrol officials warn that criminal organizations do not discriminate when recruiting people to traffic contraband for them. Those recruited to smuggle illegal narcotics risk exposure to deadly chemicals as well as stiff penalties under federal law when arrested.
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