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SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- A Somerton man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 38 pounds of methamphetamine into southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis said 37-year-old Victor Manuel Navarro was referred for an inspection of his pickup truck Wednesday.

A narcotics detection dog assisted the officers in locating a non-factory compartment inside the fuel tank, containing 30 packages of methamphetamine.

Authorities said the meth was valued at more than $595,000.

The vehicle was seized and Navarro was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Authorities didn't immediately know Thursday if Navarro had an attorney for his case.

Associated Press,

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