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Elderly Drug Smuggler

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a 94-year-old Mexican woman has been arrested for trying to smuggle more than 10 pounds of marijuana across the border into Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say the woman from Nogales, Sonora, was attempting to cross the border Tuesday for a day of shopping.

But an officer became suspicious and referred her for further inspection. That's when authorities say they found 10½ pounds of marijuana strapped to the woman's body from her torso to her legs.

Officials say the six bundles of seized marijuana had an estimated street value of about $5,000. The elderly woman was not identified and was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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