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9:27 PM Thu, Sept. 20th

Border Patrol, YCSO make 60-pound pot bust

CONGRESS - U.S. Border Patrol agents watching for human smuggling stopped a pickup truck early Friday morning and found 60 pound of marijuana in bricks, prompting them to call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Jose Buenrostro, 34, from El Mirage, and Carlos Zepeda, 32, from Los Angeles, were arrested as they drove on U.S. Highway 93 near Congress at about 12:15 a.m., D'Evelyn said, when the Border Patrol agents developed suspicions that the Chevy Silverado was being used to smuggle people.

It wasn't, but the agents found three large buckets, each containing various sizes of bricks of plastic-wrapped marijuana, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies took the men into custody and booked them on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and transportation of marijuana.

Buenrostro and Zepeda, both U.S. citizens from Mexico, are being held in the Camp Verde jail on a $100,000 bond.