TUCSON, AZ – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a female U.S. citizen at the Arizona Port of San Luis. According to officers, the female was attempting to smuggle drugs taped to her rolls of fat.
It was a drug-sniffing dog who alerted the officials that the woman deserved a closer look. In doing so, officials found concealed packages taped onto her body. However, the woman did voluntarily submit to the packages removal.
Border officials peeled off the packages strapped tightly to her rolls of fat. Inside the packages turned out to be one-third of a pound of cocaine. Finally, that’s a street value of around $8,700.
The woman was detained. Later she was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security.
Drug smuggling across the Mexican border has been an ongoing headache for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security. In 2016 in San Diego alone, border patrol agents seized over 83,000 kilograms of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin from its ports of entry in the area.
Further illustration of how deep the problem is, the U.S. Coast Guard estimated in 2017 2, 738 tons of drugs entered the U.S. via sea in 2017.