Load Meant for Lighting Up Yields Ton of Marijuana

Drug-sniffing dog found nearly 2,000 pounds of pot Wednesday

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A legitimate load meant for lighting up has yielded nearly a ton of marijuana at a West Texas border checkpoint.

Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso say $1.4 million worth of marijuana was discovered in load of candles from Mexico.

Officers at the Bridge of the Americas say a drug-sniffing dog discovered the 1,789 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday.

Port Director Hector Mancha said Thursday that officers unloaded the boxed candles and found a stash of bundled marijuana.

The driver was interviewed and released as the investigation continues.

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