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K9 unit sniffs out more than $500K in drugs at Arizona border station

(U.S. Customs and Border photo)

PHOENIX — A U.S. Border Patrol canine unit alerted agents to more than $500,000 worth drugs being smuggled by a driver at a Yuma immigration checkpoint.

The dog directed agents to a Dodge Charger driven by a 35-year-old woman around 2 a.m. Monday at the Wellton Station, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Agents found 28 packages of cocaine and 10 packages of blue pills believed to be fentanyl inside the vehicle’s front wheels and two spare tires in the trunk, according to border patrol.

The cocaine, which weighed 34 pounds, is worth more $450,000, according to border patrol. The agency said that if the pills are fentanyl, the street value would be about $121,000.

The 35-year-old woman, who is a permanent legal U.S. resident from Mexico, was arrested on drug smuggling charges.

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