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Truckloads of pot blocked at Douglas crossing

U.S. border agents arrested two people for attempted drug smuggling Tuesday in separate incidents at the Douglas port of entry. Almost 475 pounds of marijuana were discovered in hidden compartments in a van and truck, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

The drugs were valued at $237,000, according to the release.

A 47-year-old Douglas woman was arrested after drug-sniffing dogs alerted on her Dodge van as it was inspected at the crossing, the release said. CBP officers found 363 pounds of marijuana in packages throughout the van, including inside the spare tire. That load was worth more than $181,000, the release said.

Later Tuesday, officers arrested a 39-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora, after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to a false compartment behind the back seat of a Chevrolet truck, the release said. The compartment contained 33 packages of marijuana, weighing more than 111 pounds and valued at nearly $56,000.

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One of the marijuana loads stopped at the Douglas port of entry Tuesday.