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BP agents seize $1M in marijuana near Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents seized more 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million and arrested one man, during separate incidents Wednesday, authorities said. 

Around 7 p.m., a camera operator spotted a Chevy Silverado truck driving north from the U.S.-Mexico border east of Douglas, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Agents attempted to stop the truck, but the driver refused to pull over and led a chase, said Daniels. The driver tried to head back across the border, but other agents deployed a tire-deflation device in the truck's path. 

The driver stopped his vehicle and fled into Mexico on foot. Inside the truck, agents found more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $900,000, said Daniels. 

Earlier that day, a Mexican man was arrested after a short pursuit when two agents attempted to stop the 2005 Nissan pickup truck he was driving along State Route 80, near mile marker 385. The driver stopped, but as the agents approached, he sped off. Agents pursued the truck for a short distance, but the driver "veered off the highway and collided with a tree," Daniels said. 

The driver fled on foot, but was soon apprehended and later transported to a local area hospital for the treatment of minor injuries, Daniels said. 

Inside the truck, the agents found more than 240 pounds of marijuana worth more than $120,000. 

Agents seized the drugs and both vehicles, Daniels said. 

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A Chevy Silverado pickup found with more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $900,000.