A 35-year-old Tucson man was arrested Tuesday after border officers say he tried to cross into Arizona with heroin wrapped around his waist and a small package of the drug tucked into his bellybutton.

Calvin C. Howard lll was crossing through the Morley pedestrian gate when officers suspected he had drugs hidden under his clothes, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

Howard tried to run back into Mexico and struggled with border officers before being taken into custody, the release said.

Officers found about two pounds of heroin worth an estimated $30,000. Howard was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.

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