San Luis CBP officers Seize Heroin, Arrest Woman on Felony Warrant
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man and woman Tuesday evening at Arizona’s Port of San Luis when the duo attempted to enter the U.S. with more than $250,000 worth of heroin.
Officers referred the female driver of a Nissan SUV for a secondary inspection after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect coming from within the vehicle. During the subsequent inspection, officers discovered heroin wrapped around the torso of a 78-year-old male passenger.
Officers arrested both individuals and later identified the man as a Mexican national authorized to reside in the United States – “legal permanent resident”. While processing the woman, identified as a 38-year-old U.S. citizen from San Diego, officers learned of an active felony warrant for her arrest in Riverside, California, on first-degree robbery charges.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The woman, however, was turned over to the San Luis Police Department.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.