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Border Patrol agents seize more than 2 tons of pot Wednesday night

Border Patrol agents working a checkpoint Wednesday night near Whetstone—just north of Sierra Vista—seized a semi-truck and livestock trailer containing about 4,450 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $2.2 million, an unsigned news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Willcox agents at an initial location tipped off Sonoita Station agents about a suspicious vehicle heading north in their direction, the release said. When the tractor-trailer carrying livestock approached, agents noticed that the ventilation holes in the upper compartments of the cattle hauler were blocked.

Upon further inspection, agents found 188 bundles of marijuana and a pistol. The driver was arrested. The marijuana, firearm and tractor-trailer were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the release said.

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