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Man accused of trying to smuggle cocaine into Arizona

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Federal authorities have arrested a man in southern Arizona who had nearly 65 pounds of cocaine in a vehicle's side headlights.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales said 61-year-old Gaston Delacruz Arriaga-Barrigan, of Hermosillo, Sonora, was taken into custody Wednesday.

Officers referred his vehicle for additional inspection when he attempted to cross the border.

They said a CBP narcotic detection dog alerted them to drugs behind the passenger-side headlight.

Officers removed 27 packages of cocaine worth nearly $591,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure and Arriaga-Barrigan was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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