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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized marijuana valued at more than $14 million at a San Clemente checkpoint, authorities said.

The stash was discovered at 12:50 p.m. Thursday after agents stopped a 43-year-old man at the Interstate 5 checkpoint, authorities said.

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Border agents seized nine tons of marijuana at a San Clemente checkpoint.

The suspect was hauling a 53-foot-long trailer and after being questioned was directed to an inspection area. A K-9 unit alerted agents to the trailer, which was found to contain 218 boxes filled with marijuana.

The marijuana weighed 18,458 pounds — about nine tons — with an estimated street value of $14,766,448, officials said.

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