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YCSO: 1 ton of pot seized after traffic stop

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PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5) -

One ton of pot valued at $8.2 million was seized after a traffic stop by Yavapai County sheriff's deputies in northern Arizona.

It was the largest Yavapai County drug seizure ever.

Deputies found high-grade marijuana packed in heavy-duty, vacuum-sealed plastic bags in a tractor-trailer rig they pulled over Thursday morning on Interstate 40 between Seligman and Ashfork.

The driver, Peng Law, 44, of Sunnyvale, CA, and a passenger, Bing Huang, 45, of San Jose, CA, were arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of transportation of marijuana for sales and possession of marijuana for sales.

The deputy initially noticed an equipment violation involving the trailer's splash guards and as he continued to observe the vehicle, he saw the truck swerve over the fog line in the number two lane of travel, YCSO said. 

As deputies talked with the pair, both appeared much more nervous than the innocent motoring public, YCSO said.

Law and Huang weren't able to answer basic questions that two persons sharing a destination would commonly know, sheriff's investigators said. 

A review of the documents provided by the driver led to additional suspicions of illegal drug trafficking, deputies said. 

Another member of the K-9 team, a certified commercial truck driver, had already discovered several discrepancies in required documentation kept by the drivers, YCSO said. At this point, a deputy received an OK from both occupants to search the tractor and trailer.

Prior to the search, a police dog immediately alerted to an odor along the length of the trailer, according to YCSO. After opening the trailer doors, deputies quickly detected a very strong odor of marijuana.

The 53-foot-long trailer held several stacks of cardboard packing boxes. Content from one of the boxes revealed the pot, investigators said.

The load was taken to a secure location for further inspection. Each box was unloaded and examined. Although a few boxes with clothing were found, the majority of boxes in the load contained carefully packaged marijuana, YCSO said. 

The total weight of the load was estimated to be 2,350 pounds with an estimated market value of $8,225,000. The content was packaged and labeled in a sophisticated manner so as to aid in distribution, YCSO said. Deputies said they believed the load was destined for locations along the east coast.

Law and Huang remain in custody, each on a $15 million bond.

The tractor and trailer were seized pending forfeiture proceedings in court. The investigation is ongoing.

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