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CBP: I-19 checkpoint nabs nearly $800K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint seized more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana, worth around $770,000, hidden in the roof of a trailer, authorities said. 

A drug dog alerted to the odor of marijuana coming from a northbound semi-trailer, and agents sent the driver to a secondary inspection area, said a spokesman with Tucson Sector Border Patrol. 

When agents searched the trailer, they found 131 bundles of marijuana hidden in the roof, the spokesman said. 

The driver, identified only as a 32-year-old Mexican man, was arrested, he said. 

The driver, marijuana, and the tractor-trailer were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution, the spokesman said. 

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Border Patrol agents at the I-19 checkpoint seized 131 bundles of marijuana, worth around $770,000, on Wednesday evening.