A woman was arrested Monday at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales on suspicion of smuggling about 5 pounds of fentanyl hidden in a baby stroller, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing referred a 24-year-old woman pushing a stroller for further inspection, the CBP said. The woman was with her two young children, officials said.
A narcotics-detection canine alerted officials of the presence of drugs after the woman removed an infant from the stroller, the CBP said.
The CBP was able to seize the drugs, using personal protective equipment due to the potential danger of handling the fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid pain medication considered 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The drug has been linked to more than 30 deaths in Maricopa County since 2015, federal drug officials recently said.
The children were handed over to the suspect’s mother, and the woman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the CBP said.
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