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Two women arrested at border, accused of smuggling fentanyl strapped to their stomachs

Posted: 2:00 PM, Feb 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-20 21:00:19Z
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SAN LUIS, AZ — Two young women have been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle fentanyl through the Port of San Luis into the United States.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says both women had the fentanyl duct taped around their stomachs, totaling about one-quarter of a pound.

The U.S. women, ages 18 and 20, were both referred by officers for additional inspection after canines were alerted to a scent. Both were attempting to enter the U.S. on foot Tuesday at different points in the day.

In total, the packages were estimated to be worth $53,000.

CBP officers seized the drugs, while both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.