Man allegedly in possession of almost 21 pounds of meth at U.S. border

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- A U.S. citizen was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly tried to bring more than $300,000 worth of methamphetamine into the country.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 34-year-old Virginio Quezada was taken into custody after officers at the Port of San Luis discovered that he was trying to smuggle almost 21 pounds of meth.

Quezada, who currently resides in San Luis, had his van inspected after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs behind the van’s dashboard.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officers went on to find 20 packages of meth valued at $323,950.

Quezada was also allegedly in possession of more than two ounces of cocaine.

Quezada’s van and the drugs were seized, and he was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.