NOGALES, Ariz. - A Chandler, Arizona, resident was arrested Monday for attempting to smuggle 2.5 pounds of heroin through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing selected Saul Beltran, 22, for further questioning as he attempted to enter the United States. During the encounter, officers found three packages of heroin wrapped around his stomach and groin.
The drugs, worth nearly $36,000, were processed for seizure. Beltran 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.