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Feds: 6 tons of pot seized at NM border checkpoint

LORDSBURG, N.M. — Authorities say border patrol agents in New Mexico have
seized six tons of marijuana in one of the agency’s largest drug bust ever.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said Friday that agents at the
Lordsburg, N.M. station made the discovered this week after stopping four
vehicles traveling in a caravan. Agents say the four vehicles were spotted
traveling in tandem on NM County Road 1.

Authorities say agents found in the vehicle around 13,000 pounds of marijuana,
with a street value of about $10.9 million.

Homeland Security Investigations arrested 39-year old Leonardo Ortiz Chavez and
29-year old Samuel Garcia Miranda, both Mexican nationals, in connection with
the seizure.


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