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File photo of Customs and Border Patrol checking out truck. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

File photo of Customs and Border Patrol checking out truck. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — 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.

 (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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