CBP: Pedestrian attempts crossing border, drugs hidden inside her body

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sign is posted outside the U.S. Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Ysleta area port of entry seized approximately 2.2 ounces of heroin April 16. The drugs were hidden in the vaginal cavity of a pedestrian border crosser. (Courtesy CBP)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A woman attempting to smuggle 2.2 ounces of heroin inside her vaginal cavity was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Thursday evening.

It happened at the Ysleta Port of Entry’s pedestrian crossing when the 47-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen, attempted to cross into the United States. The woman was selected for a secondary screening, which is where they discovered a cylindrical object partially hidden inside her.

The contents of the package tested positive for heroin, according to CBP.

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“Smuggling organizations will use every imaginable concealment method to try to get the narcotics through our international ports of entry,” said CBP Ysleta Port of Entry Director Arnoldo ‘Arnie’ Gomez. “This type of narcotic concealment illustrates why CBP officers have to be constantly vigilant in conducting their inspections.”

The woman was turned over to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to face charges associated with the heroin smuggling attempt.

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