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74-Year-Old ABQ Man Busted for Smuggling

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Man found with 173 pounds of marijuana in gas tank of pickup at Bridge of the Americas Saturday.

An Albuquerque man has been arrested at the border crossing in El Paso after federal agents found 173 pounds of marijuana in the gas tank of the pickup he was driving.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement issued today said 74-year-old Alex Garcia was turned over to Homeland Security special agents and faces charges of importing a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He is being held without bond at the El Paso County Jail.

The agency says the seizure happened at the Bridge of the Americas Saturday when a drug sniffing dog alerted to Garcia’s pickup.

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