Drugs Were Swallowed and Stashed in Body Cavities


swallowed heroin in condom after it passed through the smuggler

Heroin wrapped in a condom that was swallowed and later excreted by an alleged drug smuggler from Tucson. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection


August 11, 2016

A group of five visitors from Tucson crossing the border in the same vehicle on July 30 at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales were stopped for inspection, and four of them were arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly two pounds of methamphetamine and heroin into the United States from Mexico.

A narcotics-detection dog alerted Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to the possible presence of drugs hidden on (and in) the bodies of the vehicle’s passengers, two men and three women.

Upon further inspection, a 22-year-old woman was found to be carrying a condom filled with methamphetamine in her underwear and the two other women, ages 43 and 49, voluntarily removed packages containing meth from inside of their body cavities.

The other passenger of the vehicle, a 40-year-old Tucson man, was held under medical monitoring for two days until August 1, when he passed a heroin-filled condom that he had swallowed before attempting to cross the border.

The driver of the vehicle, a 39-year-old Tucson man, was not in possession of drugs. Apparently he was not arrested, and his vehicle was not seized.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection