Border Patrol reports an increase in women smuggling fentanyl in vaginal cavity in recent days

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EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso area ports of entry intercepted a man and woman concealing Fentanyl on their bodies two days in a row. 

“Seizures of this powerful synthetic opioid continue to rise dramatically all along the southwest border,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector A. Mancha. “CBP officers remain vigilant and dedicated to disrupting the flow of this dangerous narcotic from entering our country and reaching our communities.”  

The first interception occurred Sept. 28 at the port of Ysleta when a 30-year-old man presented himself for inspection via pedestrian. The primary CBP officer detected nervous behavior from the man and referred him for a secondary inspection where a drug sniffing dog alerted to the odor of narcotics coming the man’s groin area. A pat down search resulted in the discovery of 0.264 pounds of fentanyl along with over one pound of methamphetamine.

On September 29, CBP officers assigned to the Paso Del Norte Border Crossing, intercepted 0.119 pounds of fentanyl. A 48-year-old woman presented herself for inspection when a CBP officer noticed travel anomalies and nervous behavior. The woman was referred for a secondary inspection where a pat down search was conducted.  During the search, the woman acknowledged that she was concealing narcotics within her vaginal cavity.

All subjects were arrested by CBP officers and turned over to federal authorities to face charges.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.