Man accused of trying to smuggle meth into Arizona

38 pounds of methamphetamine

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP officers assigned to the Port of San Luis seized more than 38 pounds of methamphetamine from inside of a smuggling vehicle.

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 10:08 PM

SAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) -- 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 say 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 say 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 yet for his case.

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