Woman, 81, busted smuggling $870G of heroin in the U.S.-mexican border, the police say

A U. S. Customs and Border Protection detector dog alerted officers to the driver-side rocker panel of the 2011 Chrysler 200 that the elderly American citizen was driving, officials say.

(U. S. Customs and Border Protection)

An 81-year-old woman was arrested trying to smuggle 92 pounds of heroin — with a value of more than $870,000 — about the U.S.-mexican border near San Diego, officials said.

A U. S. Customs and Border Protection detector dog at the Tecate border crossing allegedly warned officers Wednesday on the driver side rocker panel on 2011 Chrysler 200 is trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico at about 11:30 pm

In the side of the rocker panels, officers said they discovered 34 wrapped packages of heroin.

The 92 kilograms of heroin allegedly found in the vehicle is estimated at more than $870,000.

(U. S. Customs and Border Protection)

The woman, who the authorities said is an American citizen, but not otherwise identify, was arrested and transferred to the Security of the Homeland. CBP officers seized the vehicle.

San Diego Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations Pete Flores said in a statement drug “cartels will try and manipulate everyone to smuggle their narcotics through the ports of entry.”

“CBP officers are aware of the many tactics used by the cartels and continue to be always on their guard to stop anyone who attempts to smuggle narcotics,” he added.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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