Drug Mules Concealed Product in Bra, Taped to Legs
August 20, 2016
From Monday, August 15 to the following Friday, August 19, four Mexican women attempting to walk across the border with drugs concealed on their bodies, and failed. One of the alleged smugglers hid the drugs in an undergarment and the other three had them taped to their lower legs. In total, the seizures of heroin and methamphetamine had a combined value of $73,800.
On Monday, August 15, a 16-year-old Mexican female crossing the border on foot was directed to secondary inspection, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials found more than two pounds of heroin stashed in her bra. The drugs had an estimated value of more than $40,000.
The next day, a 26-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora was attempting to cross into the United States at the Morley pedestrian gate, located at the south end of Morley Avenue in Nogales, Arizona. She was directed to secondary inspection, where after raising her pant legs, CBP officials found packages containing more than five pounds of methamphetamine taped to her lower legs. According to CBP, the drugs have a value of more than $15,000.
Then, on Friday, two women were arrested in nearly identical pedestrian drug smuggling attempts.
A 31-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora crossing through the Morley Avenue pedestrian gate was referred to secondary inspection, where a search revealed more than three pounds of meth with a value of $9,400. wrapped around her lower legs.
And according to Customs and Border Protection, “moments later” a 29-year-old, also from Nogales, Mexico and crossing the border on foot at the Morley gate, was also directed to secondary inspection. There, a drug-detection canine discovered the same amount of drugs taped to the same area of her body – around her shins and calves.
Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection