Gadsden resident arrested for alleged heroin smuggling
A Gadsden resident was arrested Monday in an alleged attempt to smuggle nearly 14 pounds of heroin into the country through the San Luis port of entry.
According to Customs and Border Protection, officers referred Eric Acosta, 36, and his two female passengers for a secondary inspection of his Jeep Wrangler.
After a CBP Border Patrol canine alerted to the presence of drugs, an X-ray of the battery revealed an unusual image. Upon searching the battery, officers removed six packages of heroin that had an estimated street value of nearly $186,000.
The drugs and Jeep Wrangler were processed for seizure. Acosta was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, while the passengers were released.
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