Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

TUCSON – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 14-year-old male from Nogales, Arizona, for an alleged attempt to smuggle nearly 2 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $34,000, through the Port of Nogales on June 27.

Officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing referred the teen for further inspection as he was attempting to re-enter the United States. Officers conducting the search, aided by a CBP narcotics-detection canine, found a single package of heroin taped around the teen’s thigh.

Officers turned the suspect over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations after seizing the drugs.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.