US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Nogales CBP Officers Nab Fentanyl at Port

Release Date: 
April 4, 2017

Officers discovered packages of fentanyl when the mother of an infant lifted her out of a stroller
Officers discovered packages of fentanyl
when the mother of an infant lifted her
out of a stroller

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.

CBP officers donned protective clothing to make the seizure and identification process of the drugs
CBP officers donned protective
clothing to make the seizure and
identification process of 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.

Last modified: 
April 5, 2017