U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested an 81-year-old woman when she attempted to smuggle 92 pounds of heroin from Mexico into the United States. A drug-sniffing dog alerted officials as the woman, who is a United States citizen, was trying to cross the border near San Diego.
Officers searched her car and discovered 34 wrapped packages of heroin hidden in the side panels of her door. They said the estimated street value of the drugs was $870,000. The woman was taken into custody and handed over to Homeland Security agents.
“The cartels will try and manipulate anyone to smuggle their narcotics through the ports of entry,” said San Diego CBP Director of Field Operations Pete Flores. “CBP officers are aware of the many tactics used by the cartels and remain ever vigilant to stop anyone attempting to smuggle narcotics.”