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Mexican man pleads guilty in Arizona heroin case

PHOENIX – A Mexican man has pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin after
being arrested at the southern Arizona border.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Dario Alcaraz Vega pleaded guilty Wednesday to
possession with intent to distribute heroin.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

Authorities say Alcaraz Vega, of San Luis, Sonora, applied for admission into
the United States on Feb. 8 at the port of entry in San Luis, Ariz.

Customs officials searched his pickup truck and found more than 22 kilograms of
heroin and more than a kilogram of methamphetamine in the vehicle’s spare tire.

Alcaraz Vega allegedly told authorities that he was to be paid $3,000 to
deliver the drugs. The heroin alone had a street value of $1.3 million.