Conexion Del Rio/Staff report

EAGLE PASS,TX–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry detected narcotics on a woman who attempted to make entry to the United States.

“Smugglers will go to any extent to cross narcotics,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “CBP officers used their training and experience to deter the narcotics from making it to its intended destination.”

On Jan. 4, a 30-year-old woman requested admission into the United States to the CBP officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge as she arrived walking in the pedestrian lane from Mexico. CBP officers utilized a K-9 for inspection and retrieved one package of alleged black tar heroin concealed internally on the woman’s body. Officers seized a total of 0.75 pounds of black tar heroin worth an estimated street value of $20,538.

The 30-year-old woman from San Antonio, was arrested by CBP officers and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigations. CBP officers seized the narcotics.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.