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American arrested trying to smuggle fentanyl into the U.S. from Mexico

A US citizen was arrested at the Sonoyta-Lukeville border crossing while attempting to enter into the United States with 9.5 kilos of fentanyl in his vehicle, the Customs and Border Protection Office said.

In a statement, the agency said an officers sent the 25-year-old man to a secondary inspection of his Ford SUV, when he requested re-entry to the U.S. from Mexico on Sunday afternoon.

A search dog alerted authorities about the detection of drugs, which led to the discovery of multiple packages within the engine. Authorities found 21 pounds (9.5 kilos) of fentanyl with an approximate value of $291,000 dollars.

The officers arrested the man and handed him over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), while seizing the drug fentanyl and the vehicle.