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San Luis woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs

SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Federal authorities said a San Luis woman is in custody
for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine into southern

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday that 40-year-old
Norma Bernice Vidal was arrested after a narcotics detection dog smelled drugs
in a side quarter panel of her sedan.

Officers said they found 10 packages of cocaine and three packages of meth.

They said the nearly 25 pounds of cocaine has an estimated value of $231,000
while the more than three pounds of methamphetamine is valued at $51,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized and Vidal was turned over to U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.

Authorities didn’t know Thursday if Vidal has an attorney yet for her case.


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