Authorities seize 110 pounds of marijuana on I-8

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Associated Press

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 11:17 AM

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a Mexican man has been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after being arrested with 110 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says a K-9 deputy stopped a vehicle on Interstate 8 last week for numerous traffic violations.

They say the deputy noticed a strong odor coming from the car, and found a blue tarp covering what turned out to be five bundles of marijuana valued at about $77,000.

The suspect was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, and later turned over to federal immigration authorities.

The sheriff's office says the man had been using fake Social Security numbers and had previously been deported from the U.S. seven times.

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