Unusual type of heroin found in shoes of smuggler

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NOGALES - The following is a press release from the Department of Homeland Security:

Early in the morning on January 10th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Nogales Port of Entry discovered something different in the shoes' of a traveler.As the young man approached the officers stationed at the Morley Pedestrian Gate, they immediately knew something was wrong with his shoes.

After interviewing the traveler, they were positive that he was trying to hide something from them, so they decided to search the young man's shoes for contraband.Upon the inspection, officers found a total of two packages containing 2.6 pounds of white heroin concealed in his shoes.Immediately upon discovery of the narcotics, the subject was arrested and the heroin was seized.

Attempting to conceal hard narcotics such as cocaine and heroin in the shoes of people walking across the border is nothing new in Nogales.However, the type of heroin being smuggled was.In most instances, the heroin crossing the border in Nogales is a very dark brown to black in color as a result of additives added to the heroin.On this day the heroin seized by CBP was white in color indicating that the heroin might be purer than what is normally encountered in the Nogales region.At this time, this seizure is just an abnormality and not an indicator of any change in the types of narcotics that people are attempting to smuggle in the Nogales area.

The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry.U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, conveyances, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States.Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.