2 men accused of smuggling meth into Arizona

NOGALES, AZ - Two men from Mexico are in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle methamphetamine into southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing say 64-year-old Jorge Humberto Lopez-Ramos was arrested Tuesday and 31-year-old Christian Ortiz was arrested Monday.

Both men live in Nogales, Sonora.

Lopez-Ramos' pickup truck was stopped at the Nogales Port of Entry.

A CBP narcotic dog alerted officers to the vehicle's driver-side door, where they reported finding 27 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $82,500.

CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing searched Ortiz's truck and reportedly found 39 pounds of meth hidden in the seats. The drugs had an estimated value of nearly $118,000.

The vehicles and drugs were seized and both men were turned over to federal authorities.

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