Tucson woman arrested after cocaine found hidden in SUV gas tank

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they have arrested a Tucson woman on suspicion of trying to smuggle some $691,000 worth of cocaine into the United States hidden in her SUV's fuel tank.

The agency said Thursday that the 39-year-old was arrested Wednesday after a police dog detected an odor in the vehicle and the woman was instructed to undergo further inspection at the Nogales port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Officials say the multiple packages of cocaine discovered inside the tank collectively weigh nearly 61 pounds (about 27 kilograms).

The drugs and vehicle were seized, and the woman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Her name was not released.

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