Border Protection officers arrest two for smuggling fentanyl in same fashion at two different checkpoints

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Officers at the Port of Nogales arrested a body carrier of suspected fentanyl.

Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Nogales CBP officers nab fentanyl smuggler

NOGALES – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested an Arizona man for attempting to smuggle fentanyl into the United States Tuesday, worth more than $15,000.

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Pedestrian crossing lanes referred a 49-year-old man for further inspection Tuesday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed two packages that were taped around the subject’s inner thighs. The drugs weighed just more than a pound, with an estimated value of more than $15,000.

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

A San Luis, Arizona teen was caught with a quarter-pound of suspected fentanyl pills.

San Luis CBP officers seize suspected fentanyl pills

SAN LUIS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a local teen in a failed attempt to smuggle a quarter pound of suspected fentanyl pills into the U.S. through Arizona’s Port of San Luis on Tuesday.

Officers referred a 16-year-old San Luis, Arizona male for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico Tuesday afternoon. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, leading officers to a pair of duct-taped packages strapped around the teen’s thighs. The fentanyl has a street value of nearly $10,500.

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

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