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Feds: 6 tons of pot seized at NM border checkpoint

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LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say border patrol agents in New Mexico have seized six tons of marijuana in 1 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 discovery 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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