Nogales woman arrested for smuggling heroin

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Nogales Station Border Patrol agents arrested a 42-year-old Nogales woman at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint Wednesday morning after discovering more than 2 pounds of brown heroin concealed within her undergarments.

Agents referred a passenger shuttle van for a routine secondary immigration inspection of its passengers and, in the process, discovered the woman had four packages of brown heroin on her body. The woman was arrested and transported to the Nogales Station for processing on drug smuggling charges.  The case was then turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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.