A Tucson woman was arrested Wednesday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 27 pounds of heroin into Arizona.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Amy Renee Valdes, 36, for an additional inspection of her Chevrolet sedan at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry, a border official said.
After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the vehicle’s back seat, officers found 18 packages of heroin with a street value of about $363,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Valdes was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.