Man accused of trying to smuggle meth in accordion

A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks along a section of the recently-constructed fence at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona. (File) (John Moore, Getty Images)
A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks along a section of the recently-constructed fence at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona. (File) (John Moore, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/26 6:39 pm

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A Mexican man is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle almost five pounds of methamphetamine into Arizona, in an accordion, authorities said Thursday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say 18-year-old Eloy Renteria-Ortiz was arrested Monday at the Port of Nogales after being searched at the Morley Gate crossing.

Officers say nearly $13,600 worth of meth was found wrapped in black tape and stashed in the center of the accordion that Renteria-Ortiz was carrying.

The drugs and instrument were seized and Renteria-Ortiz was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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