- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A man headed back to his native Mexico has been arrested near Eloy after authorities found about two pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Anibal Ayala-Mascareno is being held on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale.

It was unclear Wednesday if he has a lawyer.

The car Ayala-Mascareno was driving was stopped on Interstate 10 outside the Eloy city limits.

Sheriff’s officials say Ayala-Mascareno consented to a search.

They the packages of methamphetamine were found under the rear passenger seat and Ayala-Mascareno also was carrying $3,600 in cash.

He later told authorities it was his third time transported narcotics into Arizona and he was taking the money back to Nogales, Sonora.

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