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Nevada Woman Smuggling Deadly Fentanyl Arrested by BP

Release Date: 
May 19, 2020

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.

Agents seized fentanyl pills that a smuggler had hidden on her body.
Agents seized fentanyl pills that a smuggler
had hidden on her body.

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. 

For more details regarding this news release, contact the Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office at tca-pao@cbp.dhs.gov or by phone at 520-748-3210. Tucson Sector is also LiveU capable. Contact us to schedule an interview.

 

 

 

Last modified: 
May 19, 2020