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CBP arrests 1, seizes $800k worth of cocaine, meth

Nogales, Son., man had drugs hidden in vehicle's quarter panels

A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly trying to smuggle more than $800,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine through the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Officers from CBP's Tucson Field Operations referred the man from Nogales, Son., who was traveling with his wife and three children, for a secondary inspection of the family's vehicle, CBP said.

A canine alerted the officers to the possibility of drugs and officers found nearly 77 pounds of cocaine worth $696,000 and more than 7 pounds of crystal meth worth $112,000, in in the vehicle's rear quarter panels, CBP said.

The driver was arrested and turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the drugs and vehicle were seized.

The man's wife was processed for withdrawal of application for admission to the United States and the children were turned over to their grandmother, CBP said.

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CBP officers found 77 pounds of cocaine and 7 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle Monday.