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Wed September 15, 2010

Major Drug Bust at Tahlequah

Tahlequah, OK – More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Agents from a drug task force have seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a pickup stopped by authorities near Tahlequah.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says authorities seized about 39 bundles of the drug and arrested two people during the bust on Monday. He says authorities received a tip about a pickup moving the marijuana through the area.

He says when a drug dog alerted its handlers, agents searched the pickup's trailer and found the 1,069 pounds of marijuana. He says agents were told that the drug came from Mexico and was on its way to Tennessee and North Carolina, where it would be distributed.

Chennault says the seized marijuana is worth about $1.6 million.