TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested a 29-year-old Phoenix woman Saturday afternoon after finding her with more than 10 ounces of heroin at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint.
Agents referred the driver of a Nissan Sentra for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emanating from the vehicle. While conducting a search on the vehicle and driver, agents discovered a package of brown heroin under the woman’s clothing.
After agents placed the woman in custody and seized the vehicle and narcotics, worth an estimated $7,800, they transported her to the Nogales Border Patrol Station for further processing.
The woman is being held on drug smuggling charges while awaiting disposition.
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.