Man accused of smuggling cocaine in car lights

Man accused of smuggling cocaine in car lights

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Aug 9, 2013

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested a Mexican man who allegedly tried to smuggle nearly 65 pounds of cocaine into southern Arizona in a vehicle's side headlights.
   
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales say 61-year-old Gaston Delacruz Arriaga-Barrigan, of Hermosillo, Sonora, was taken into custody Wednesday.
   
Officers referred his vehicle for additional inspection when he attempted to cross the border.
   
They say a CBP narcotic detection dog alerted to 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 and Arriaga-Barrigan was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
   
It was unclear Thursday if Arriaga-Barrigan had a lawyer yet.

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Ina received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.