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Border agents seize 100 pounds of cocaine in 2 days of Arizona busts

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Border agents in Arizona pulled 100 pounds of cocaine and 32 pounds of methamphetamine from four vehicles over two days in recent busts.

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four men last week to smuggle the drugs through the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona.

Authorities said in the first arrest July 29, a drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to a Volkswagen SUV. Inside, they found almost 40 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $440,000. The 30-year-old male driver from Mexico was arrested.

In an even bigger single haul, officers found about 48 pounds of cocaine — estimated value of around $540,000 — in another SUV. A 26-year-old from Mexico was taken into custody.

A trained dog also helped officers find over 13 pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $150,000, in a GMC SUV driven by a 28-year-old from Mexico.

The day before, officers stopped a 51-year-old from Phoenix for an inspection of his Chevrolet truck. They found almost 32 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $95,000, hidden inside the gas tank.

All of the arrested men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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