Nearly $370K in meth seized from van at border

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

NOGALES, Ariz. -- A Mexican national was arrested Sunday in Nogales, Ariz. on suspicion of trying to smuggle nearly $370,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States.

Marcos Abel Espinoza-Beltran, 33, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers searched the Chrysler van he was allegedly driving.

The agency said officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry selected the van for further inspection after a narcotics detection K-9 alerted them to possible drugs inside the vehicle.

Officers reportedly found 10 packages of meth, totaling nearly 24 pounds, in the rear sliding-door panels.

The vehicle and drugs were seized.