CBP Officers Arrest Internal Body Carrier

TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a female U.S. citizen in a failed attempt to smuggle half a pound of heroin into the United States Wednesday.

Officers at the DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing referred a 23-year-old woman for further inspection where canine led to the discovery of nearly $8,500 worth of heroin concealed inside the suspect’s crotch.

Officers seized the heroin and arrested the woman, before turning her over to Homeland Security Investigations.

Also in TUCSON, Arizona – Three Points Station Border Patrol agents arrested an 18th Street Gang member from El Salvador after he entered the United States illegally near Sells Thursday night.

Agents apprehended 39-year-old Juan Mancia-Garcia and transported him to the Tucson Coordination Center for processing. Agents conducted a records check and learned Mancia has numerous removals and is a member of the 18th Street Gang.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows for filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

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.



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