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Agents at BP checkpoint nab pot in fake Dish Network van

Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint south of Gila Bend seized nearly 400 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday from a van painted to look it belonged to the satellite-television company Dish Network, authorities said. 

The driver, identified only as a 39-year-old male U.S. citizen, was arrested by Ajo Station agents at the checkpoint on State Route 85 North, south of Gila Bend, after a after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs inside the van, said Vivien McLoughlin, a spokeswoman for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.

The white van was painted to look like it belonged to the satellite-television company's fleet, complete with the Dish Network branding on the side, and a ladder rack on the roof. 

The agents inspected the van, and found "numerous blocks wrapped in brown cellophane tape" containing a total of 396 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $199,000, said McLoughlin. 

Agents arrested the driver for narcotics smuggling, and seized the van along with the marijuana, she said. 

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A fake Dish Network van that contained nearly 400 pounds of marijuana was intercepted by Border Patrol agents at the State Route 85 checkpoint south of Gila Bend.