Border officials in Nogales seize nearly $591K in cocaine

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

NOGALES, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have arrested a Mexican national at the Port of Nogales for reportedly attempting to smuggle nearly 65 pounds of cocaine into the United States.

Gaston Delacruz Arriaga-Barrigan, 61, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico was trying to cross the border in Nogales when officers stopped him, and began to search his Chevrolet sedan.

After a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs behind the passenger's side headlight, officers removed 27 packages of cocaine worth nearly $591,000.

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

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.