U.S. citizen drug mules arrested at immigration checkpoint

Contributed File Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle drugs inside their bodies at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado.

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

AMADO – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle drugs inside their bodies at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, Arizona, last night.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Agents seized a package of fentanyl that had been concealed within the female smuggler’s body.

Tucson Sector agents began an immigration inspection of a commercial transportation shuttle around 7:20 p.m. During the inspection, they questioned a 32-year-old female passenger, which led to the discovery of 301 grams of heroin hidden inside her.

Agents also questioned a 48-year-old male passenger, leading to the discovery of 148 grams of fentanyl hidden in a similar manner.

Both U.S. citizens were placed under arrest for drug smuggling. The drugs were seized.

Drug trafficking organizations continue to put the public at risk. A slight exposure to fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, could be fatal. A ruptured package of this drug on a shuttle or bus could prove catastrophic.

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. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life. 

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