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2 arrested in western NC 1,400lb marijuana seizure

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -

Two western North Carolina men have been arrested and charged after federal authorities said they seized 1,400 pounds of marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Anne Thompkins said that 31-year-old Jose Chavez of Candler and 28-year-old Ely Ramirez-Sanchez of Canton were arrested late last week.

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Asheville charges the men with possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Prosecutors say Ramirez-Sanchez was stopped Friday and had 40 pounds of marijuana in his car. Officers found 1,400 pounds of marijuana when they searched Chavez's home in Candler that day.

Prosecutors say the marijuana was valued at up to $1.8 million.

The men were expected to be arraigned in U.S. District Court this week. It was not clear if they have attorneys.

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