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Man accused of using accordion to smuggle meth

June 26, 2014

NOGALES, Arizona (AP) — A Mexican man is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle more than $13,000 worth of methamphetamine into the U.S. in an accordion.

Customs and Border Protection officers say 18-year-old Eloy Renteria-Ortiz was arrested Monday at the Port of Nogales after being searched at a crossing.

Officers say nearly $13,600 worth of meth was found wrapped in black tape and hidden in the center of the accordion that Renteria-Ortiz was carrying.

The drugs and instrument were seized, and Renteria-Ortiz was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

His hometown in Mexico wasn’t released, and it wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if Renteria-Ortiz has a lawyer.

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