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San Luis CBP Officers Catch Woman Using Her Child to Smuggle Cocaine

Release Date: 
April 16, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a mother Friday in connection to a failed drug smuggling attempt involving the use of her 12-year-old daughter, at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.

A 12-year-old girl was found to have 2 pounds of cocaine wrapped around her torso
A 12-year-old girl was found to
have 2 pounds of cocaine wrapped
around her torso

Officers referred a 35-year-old woman and her 3 minor children for an additional search of a Nissan hatchback as they attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Friday afternoon. A CBP canine alert to the 12-year-old daughter, led officers to discover more than 2 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $24,000 wrapped around her torso.

CBP officers seized the vehicle as well as the drugs. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
April 17, 2018