Border authorities seize $243K in cocaine

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

NOGALES, Ariz. -- A Mexican national was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of smuggling nearly 27 pounds of cocaine across the United States border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Border authorities at the Mariposa Point of Entry selected a Ford sedan for further inspection Tuesday. It was allegedly driven by a 50-year-old man.

A narcotics detection dog alerted officers to the dashboard of the sedan, where they reportedly found 10 packages of cocaine in a non-factory compartment.

Authorities estimated the cocaine is worth a total of $243,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized, and the alleged smuggler was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.