On Tuesday, an Arizona woman, 47, was caught while smuggling nearly three pounds of heroin taped to her buttocks across the border from Mexico at a crossing point in southern Arizona. The border patrol officers who apprehended the woman were suspicious when they saw that the back of the woman’s jeans seemed to be filled out with more than just her body. More border patrol officers are needed to meet a hiring commitment set by the Trump administration, and to help fulfill the need, recruiters have been even hitting rodeos and fairs in their attempt to hire more border patrol agents.
My FOX Boston reported that, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the unidentified woman from Arizona had taped the heroin to her buttocks in separate packages, using duct tape. She wore jeans that were overly large for her actual size, in order to get the heroin taped onto her body into the United States.
The woman was detained and “referred for further inspection,” according to UPI, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers this past Tuesday. She was stopped in a pedestrian lane by the officers while trying to cross the border from Mexico into Nogales, Arizona, in Santa Cruz county.
When the Arizona woman was searched by the CBP officers, investigators found the packages of heroin that she had strapped to her buttocks. The CBP stated that the estimated street value of the heroin was approximately $45,000. The CBP officers turned the woman over into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
One of the venues that the CBP set up a recruitment booth at, according to the Seattle Times, was Country Thunder. It is one of the biggest country music festivals in the United States, drawing roughly 30,00 fans a day.
Under President Trump’s plan to strengthen border security, an additional 5,000 CBP officers are needed to fill the new positions that have become open. Both customs officers and the Border patrol were at the Country Thunder music festival recruiting new officers.
One of the problems that Customs and Border Protection has filling positions is that officers often must relocate to locations that are remote, like Harlingen, Texas, in the southern part of the state, and the U.S.-Mexico border town of Ajo. There is also a polygraph test involved, which reportedly 75 percent of the prospective candidates fail.
The unidentified Arizona woman apprehended at the border with just under three pounds of heroin taped to her buttocks is one of the most recent criminals involved in drug smuggling to be caught by border patrol officers. Her case is one that illustrates how well the border patrol agents do their jobs, though many more officers need to be hired in order to fill the 5,000 positions President Donald Trump has mandated to have a more secure border between the United States and Mexico.
By John Samuels
Photo by U.S. Customs and Border Protection