TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a U.S. citizen involved in a failed smuggling attempt involving almost 11 pounds of heroin Tuesday.

Officers working at the Morley Pedestrian Gate referred a 52-year-old Marana, Arizona woman for further inspection. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent that it was trained to detect, resulting in the discovery of drugs that were wrapped around her midsection. The heroin weighed almost 11 pounds, an excess of $188,000.

Officers seized the drugs, and turned the arrested subject over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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.   back...
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