A Nogales, Arizona woman was arrested Tuesday when she attempted to smuggle heroin at a border crossing.

Officers detained the 47-year-old woman for further inspection when she attempted to enter the state from Mexico through a Nogales pedestrian lane, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

During an inspection, officers found nearly three pounds of heroin taped to her buttocks.

The heroin had an estimated value of more than $45,000, authorities said.

Other incidents Tuesday at the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales include:

  • A 38-year-old woman from Peoria was taken into custody after officers found nearly 22 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in her Ford SUV. The drugs were worth about $65,000.
  • A 40-year-old Nogales, Sonora man was arrested when officers found 31 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.5 pounds of cocaine hidden in his Nissan sedan. The value of the drugs were about $123,000.
  • A 26-year-old woman from Rio Rico was detained when a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the back seats of her Honda sedan. Authorities found more than 10 pounds of heroin with a value of more than $178,000.

The vehicles and drugs were seized and the suspects were turned over to federal authorities. 


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