TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican woman on Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of fentanyl.
Officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing referred a 24-year-old woman pushing a stroller with her two young children for further inspection. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the stroller when the woman removed the infant girl from the stroller. Due to the dangers of the drug, officers had to use personal protective equipment to remove the drugs.
According to the DEA Fentanyl is identified as a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication with a rapid onset and short duration of action. It is considered to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
The children were turned over to the subject’s mother. CBP officers seized the drugs, and turned the subject 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.