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DPS seizes nearly $1M in marijuana near Nogales

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper inadvertently seized more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana Tuesday after he stopped a van on Interstate 19 north of Nogales. 

At 10:40 p.m., a DPS trooper stopped a van traveling northbound on the interstate after the driver made an unsafe lane change, said a department spokesman. 

The driver stopped his vehicle, and immediately ran into a "wooded area" near the highway and was not caught, the spokesman said. 

Inside the van, state troopers found 129 bales of marijuana, worth an estimated $929,250, he said. 

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Bundles of marijuana, weighing 2,655 pounds, found in a van by a DPS trooper following a traffic stop.