Over 21 pounds of cocaine busted at border checkpoint

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TUCSON -- A police dog helped uncover over 21 pounds of cocaine at a traffic checkpoint on I-19 on Thursday.

At about 8:00 a.m. a white sports utility vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint and a border patrol canine alerted its handler to the possible presence of contraband.

After the vehicle was sent to a secondary search area and inspected for anomalies, a canine team helped an officer find 16 bundles of cocaine hidden in the car's door panels.

The cocaine, which was valued at nearly $700,000, was confiscated, and the driver of the vehicle was arrested and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.