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Oct 29, 2012 8:02 PM

Border officers seize nearly $600k worth of cocaine Friday

NOGALES, Ariz. - A Yuma woman was arrested Friday morning after authorities say she attempted to smuggle nearly $600,000 worth of cocaine into the United States.

Customs and Border Protection officers conducting additional inspection on the Honda SUV driven by 30-year-old Patricia Contreras, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection. A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs, and officers found 25 packages of cocaine weighing nearly 66 pounds.

The drugs and vehicle were seized, and Contreras as turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"The outstanding work by our frontline CBP officers at the San Luis port resulted in the seizure of this load of cocaine at the border," said Acting San Luis Port Director Robert Schroeder. "I applaud our officers for their vigilance and for the arrest of this would-be smuggler."

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