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Mexican man arrested for trying to smuggle meth into Arizona

September 18, 2018

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Border Patrol agents near Yuma say a Mexican citizen with a border crossing card was caught trying to smuggle large amounts of methamphetamine.

Authorities say the arrest happened Sunday evening after a driver was held for a secondary inspection at an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8.

Wellton Station Border Patrol agents say a canine detected the scent of drugs.

A search of the trunk of the Chevrolet Malibu turned up 20 packages of meth.

Agents say it amounted to 32 pounds (14.5 kilograms) of meth worth nearly $97,000.

The 24-year-old driver was immediately taken into custody.

The drugs and vehicle were seized.

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