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Mexican man found with meth at Arizona-California border

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Posted at 9:43 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 00:57:52-04

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a Mexican man tried to smuggle meth at the border between Arizona and California while traveling with his pregnant wife and three children.

U.S. Border Patrol officials said in a news release Tuesday that the 31-year-old Mexican national is in custody on controlled substance violations.

His wife, also a Mexican citizen, has permanent residence in the U.S. and was released along with their children.

The incident happened Monday afternoon at an immigration checkpoint in Blythe, California.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents say a canine alerted them to the possible presence of drugs in their vehicle.

A secondary search found more than 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) of meth wrapped in cellophane around the man's waist.

Agents seized the drugs and the car.