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Cocaine, Marijuana Seized at Border Ports

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A drug-sniffing dog named Rico alerted U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Sunday afternoon to cocaine hidden in the gas tank of a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck at the Ysleta Port of Entry, the El Paso television station KVIA reported.

Officers removed 24 cocaine-filled bundles, weighing 29 pounds, from the fuel tank, and the driver, 28-year-old Juan Alvarez Avalos of Moreno Valley, Calif., was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents on suspicion of importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, KVIA said.

On Friday, another drug-sniffing dog named Zigo alerted officers to 29 pounds of cocaine hidden in 12 bundles inside the gas tank of a 1985 Chevrolet Blazer, and Jorge Muniz Nava, 36, of Juarez was arrested and charged with the same federal offenses, the station reported.

Customs and Border Protection officers also made four marijuana seizures totaling 329 pounds in El Paso and at outlying ports of entry over the weekend, officials told KVIA.

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