Man accused of smuggling cocaine in car lights

NOGALES, AZ - Federal authorities have arrested a Mexican man who allegedly tried to smuggle nearly 65 pounds of cocaine into southern Arizona in a vehicle's side headlights.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales say 61-year-old Gaston Delacruz Arriaga-Barrigan, of Hermosillo, Sonora, was taken into custody Wednesday.

Officers referred his vehicle for additional inspection when he attempted to cross the border.

They say a CBP narcotic detection dog alerted to drugs behind the passenger's side headlight.

Officers removed 27 packages of cocaine worth nearly $591,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure and Arriaga-Barrigan was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

It was unclear Thursday if Arriaga-Barrigan had a lawyer yet.

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