Man attempting to smuggle meth arrested at Nogales border

2014-02-25T21:30:00Z Man attempting to smuggle meth arrested at Nogales borderCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star

A Mexican national was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle 24 pounds of methamphetamine through the DeConcini port of entry in Nogales, authorities said.

The meth was valued at nearly $370,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

Marcos Abel Espinoza-Beltran, 33, was driving a Chrysler van and during an inspection a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to drugs.

During a search, 10 packages of meth were removed from the rear sliding-door panels, said officials in a news release.

The vehicle and drugs were seized and Espinoza was turned over to officials of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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