TUCSON, Ariz. - A Mexican national woman was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle six pounds of heroin, valued in excess of $86,000, through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected Eduwiges Valdez-Castro, 45, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of her Mitsubishi SUV. When officers searched the woman, they removed three packages of heroin from within a girdle she was wearing.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Valdez was referred 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.