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More than a half ton of marijuana was seized during a Feb. 5 traffic stop near the Nevada border in north Mohave County.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) said the pot was confiscated from a fake delivery van spotted on Interstate 15.

“While the van had authentic-looking markings of a commercial package-delivery service, an officer with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division noticed that the vehicle, traveling northbound toward the Virgin River Gorge, had an out-of-state license plate on the front,” an ADOT news release stated. “Local delivery vans for the company have Arizona plates and registration, but a check of records later showed the vehicle was registered to an individual in North Carolina.”


ADOT officers stopped the van for alleged traffic infractions and summoned a drug dog that alerted on the vehicle, which prompted a search.


“Officers found large plastic bags containing 1,113 pounds of marijuana, as well as 5 grams of a mushroom-based hallucinogenic,” ADOT said. Officials said three vials of illegal steroids and nearly $8,000 in cash was also seized.

The unidentified 48-year-old driver who was arrested was booked into jail at a Detention Center in nearby Mesquite, Nev.

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