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Marijuana Seized in Sanford; 3 Men Arrested

Posted January 29, 2008 12:53 a.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2008 10:10 a.m. EST

— Three men were facing charges in connection with a drug bust in Sanford.

About 2,400 pounds of marijuana were found Friday at a storage facility at 1144 White Hill Road, Lee County Chief Deputy Randall Butler said. The pot was valued at $5.8 million.

Thomas Beltran Ayala, 32, Auturo Celis Elizalde, 27, and Hector Javier Rivera-Lomas, 28, were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana, Butler said.

The men were held Monday night under $1 million secured bond.