Woman, 81, accused of smuggling 92 pounds of heroin

U.S. & World

SAN DIEGO, CA (WCMH) – An elderly woman is accused of smuggling nearly $900,000 worth of heroin into the United States from Mexico.

Customs and Border Protection officers stopped the woman at the Tecate port of entry Wednesday after a K-9 team alerted to her vehicle while it was in line to enter the country. A search of the car revealed 34 wrapped packages of heroin in the vehicle’s rocker panels, 92 pounds in all.

The woman, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.

“The cartels will try and manipulate anyone to smuggle their narcotics through the ports of entry,” said San Diego CBP Director of Field Operations Pete Flores. “CBP officers are aware of the many tactics used by the cartels and remain ever vigilant to stop anyone attempting to smuggle narcotics.”

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