Tucson, Ariz. - A 33-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle nearly 24 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at nearly $370,000, through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port selected a Chrysler van, driven by Marcos Abel Espinoza-Beltran, for further inspection following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. During the search, officers removed 10 packages of meth from the rear sliding-door panels.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Espinoza was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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