CBP: Man attempts to smuggle heroin inside shoes

Heroin in shoes

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

More than a pound of heroin was secured by officers after searching a man's shoes at the Morley Pedestrian crossing.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 4:41 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales arrested a 21-year-old man after finding 1.2 pounds of heroin inside his shoes.

The Mexican national was apprehended Sunday at the Morley pedestrian crossing. The heroin was worth almost $17,000.

Officials said the man was one of four people apprehended in recent separate incidents involving attempts to smuggle a combined 119 pounds of hard drugs into the United States.

Two Tucson women were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle methamphetamine over the weekend. Officers at the Mariposa crossing inspected a 39-year-old woman's Chevrolet SUV Sunday night and located 25 packages of methamphetamine, weighing more than 38 pounds and worth nearly $116,000. On Saturday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 40-year-old after finding 76 pounds of meth worth more than $228,000 hidden in her vehicle.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 34-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Oldsmobile sedan as she attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the wheel wells, officers discovered nearly 3.5 pounds of heroin worth approximately $49,000.

All drugs and vehicles were seized. The two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.