Border Patrol: Four arrested for hiding drugs inside their bodies

Posted at 4:12 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 20:56:24-04

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers caught four people trying to smuggle narcotics into the country by hiding various capsules, containing the drug, inside their bodies.

On July 30, officers stopped a Jeep in Nogales and selected the driver and four passengers for secondary inspection. A narcotics-detection canine signaled the possible presence of drugs, leading to a search of all five, according to a release from the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees CBP.

A 22-year-old woman was found to have a meth-filled condom in her underwear. Two other passengers, identified as women in their 40s, voluntarily removed items containing meth concealed within their body cavities. A 40-year-old man required medical monitoring until he could safely pass a condom filled with heroin, which officials said he did the following day.

The nearly two pounds of drugs taken by officers is worth close to $11,000, CBP said.

The driver of the vehicle was not found to have any illegal substances.