CBP Catches Body-Carrier with Heroin At I-19 Checkpoint

I-19 Checkpoint near Tubac

Border Patrol agents working at the I-19 checkpoint Tuesday night arrested a woman found with heroin, valued at almost $116k, on her body.

After agents referred a Ford sedan to the secondary inspection area, the driver and a female passenger, Brisseth Karina Gallardo-Ruiz, exited the vehicle for an immigration inspection. Agents then discovered that Gallardo-Ruiz, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was concealing two packages of heroin with a combined weight of 6.65 lbs. Gallardo-Ruiz will be presented for prosecution on narcotics-smuggling charges.

So far in Fiscal Year 2016, Tucson Sector has seized approximately 33 pounds of heroin.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Checkpoint operations play a vital role in preventing criminals from transporting people, drugs and other contraband further into the United States. CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.