NOGALES, Ariz. - A 38-year-old female Mexican national was arrested yesterday for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of heroin stashed in her undergarments when she attempted to cross through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected Cristina Luna-Ramos for a secondary inspection of her Oldsmobile sedan when she applied for admission into the U.S. During inspection CBP officers discovered two packages of heroin in Luna’s bra and two more in her groin area.
The drugs, worth more than $67,000, and vehicle were seized. Luna was referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.