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DPS seizes 34 lbs. of meth during Tucson traffic stop

A Highway Patrol sergeant wound up arresting a Nogales, Son., man and seizing more than $200,000 worth of methamphetamine when he stopped an SUV in Tucson last week, authorities said.

Friday morning, a Department of Public Safety officer stopped a Ford SUV traveling westbound on Interstate 10 between Marana and Tangerine Road because of "an equipment violation," a press release from the agency said.

The sergeant noted "indications of criminal activity," and the SUV was searched. Authorities found 42 package of meth, weighing 34.3 pounds, the release said. The drugs have a street value of $205,800.

Noe Ricardo Garcia-Pinellas, 33, from Nogales, Son., was booked into the Pima County Jail on the charges of possession of a dangerous drug and transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, the release said.

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