Authorities in southern Arizona find heroin hidden in ice chest

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(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Authorities in southern Arizona seized 7.5 pounds of heroin that they found hidden inside an ice chest.

Pima County sheriff's deputies and Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation while participating in "Operation Countermeasure" on Tuesday.

Officials said the driver consented to a search of the vehicle, which led to the discovery of the narcotics hidden in an ice chest within the vehicle's cargo area.

The heroin was valued at almost $131,000, officials said.

The driver, a male U.S. citizen, was arrested and booked into the Pima County Detention Facility on charges of possession and transportation of a dangerous drug for sale.

Operation Countermeasure is a multiagency cooperative effort among law enforcement agencies along the southern Arizona border.

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