Tucson Woman Caught at Port with $55K in Heroin
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales seized more than 3 pounds of heroin Thursday morning, worth approximately $55,000, from a 23-year-old Tucson woman.
The woman was attempting to enter the U.S. at the Dennis DeConcini pedestrian crossing when CBP officers referred her for a secondary inspection. During the encounter, a CBP narcotics-detection canine’s alert led officers to discover packages of heroin beneath the woman’s clothing.
Officers arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling and seized the drugs. The woman was later 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.