FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Pinal County authorities say a Mexican man arrested for being in the county illegally had already been deported 14 times.

County Sheriff’s officials say 33-year-old Tomas Rivera-Flores was taken into custody last Sunday.

He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a traffic violation on Interstate 10.

Authorities say all four occupants were in the country illegally and none had a driver’s license.

The deputy who made the stop says he could smell marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle. It turned out the vehicle had earlier been used to transport the drug.

U.S. Border Patrol officials confirmed that Rivera-Flores had been deported 14 times. He and the other three people were turned over to border officials for deportation and the vehicle was seized.

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