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Nogales CBP Officers Stop Seniors Smuggling 'Date-Rape' Drug into U.S.

Release Date: 
November 16, 2011

Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP's Joint Field Command - Arizona, stopped three Mexican women yesterday involved in apparently separate smuggling attempts of a strong animal tranquilizer often used in the commission of sexual assaults.

Officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing referred a 54-year-old Nogales, Sonora, woman for secondary questioning after she attempted to enter the United States. When officers searched the subject, they found 30, 10ml bottles of ketamine.

Photo 1 - Ketamine seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

Ketamine seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

Officers then referred a 63-year-old Nogales, Sonora, woman for additional questioning when she attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane. Officers searched the subject and found 30 more 10ml bottles of ketamine.

In a third incident, officers referred a 69-year-old Nogales, Sonora, woman for additional questioning after she attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane. When officers searched the woman they found 25 10ml bottles containing ketamine.

In all three instances, the drugs were processed for seizure and the women were referred for visa cancellations.

This was the second day in recent weeks that officers have seized substantial amounts of ketamine. On Oct. 20, a 25-year-old Nogales, Ariz. woman was stopped with 50 bottles of the drug.

The Drug Enforcement Administration describes ketamine as a clear, odorless and tasteless liquid developed in the early 1960s to replace phencyclidine (PCP) as an anesthetic. Since ketamine is odorless and tasteless, it can be added to beverages without being detected, and it induces amnesia. Because of these properties, the drug is sometimes given to unsuspecting victims and used in the commission of sexual assaults referred to as "drug rape" or "date rape."

Photo #3-Ketamine seized by CBP Officers from pedestrian crossers in Nogales.

Ketamine seized by CBP Officers from pedestrian crossers in Nogales.

Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017