Man arrested for attempting to smuggle $509,000 worth of meth into the United States

NOGALES, AZ - Authorities arrested a Mexican national who tried to smuggle nearly $509,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States.

Teresa Small, spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the man was arrested Saturday after 31 packages of meth were found hidden inside the front bumper of his Mazda sedan.

The man attempted to cross into the United States at the Mariposa Port of Entry, but a canine alerted to the presence of drugs and the driver was referred for a more advanced inspection.

Officers said the meth is valued at $509,454.

The drugs and the vehicle were processed for seizure and the man as referred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division.

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