3 US women had fentanyl hidden inside their bodies, CBP says


EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Three women — all U.S. citizens — attempted to smuggle fentanyl by concealing it inside their bodies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.

The latest incident occurred when a 47-year-old man attempted to cross into the United States via pedestrian lanes on Monday at the Paso Del Norte Bridge in downtown El Paso.

CBP officers referred her for secondary inspection, where officers performed a pat-down search and said they felt a foreign object in the groin area.

The woman allegedly admitted carrying drugs and voluntarily removed a packet from her vaginal cavity. The woman had 0.07 pounds of fentanyl.

Also on Saturday at the Paso Del Norte Bridge, a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the presence of narcotics on a 34-year-old woman who arrived on foot.

Officers said they conducted a pat-down search and discovered a drug-filled balloon that had become dislodged from her vaginal cavity. The woman would have had 0.14 pounds of fentanyl.

On June 6, officers at the Ysleta Port of Entry said a 34-year-old woman attempted to smuggle 0.23 pounds of fentanyl by hiding it in her rectal cavity.

“Smugglers will use any method available to smuggle contraband into the United States,” said Hector A. Mancha, director of field operations for CBP El Paso. “CBP uses multiple levels of enforcement to identify and arrest these smugglers. … These layers include technology, officer expertise and law enforcement canine teams.

CBP turned the three women over to Homeland Security investigations.


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