TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. teen in connection to a failed smuggling attempt Wednesday resulting in the seizure of nearly five pounds of heroin at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 15-year-old male for additional inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico through a pedestrian lane Wednesday morning. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine to a scent it was trained to detect, officers discovered packages of heroin wrapped around both of his upper legs. The drugs are valued at almost $134,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs, while the subject was arrested and turned over 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.