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Updated Mar 5, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Nearly 1K pounds of marijuana seized from van in Glendale

A photo of the interior of the drop house is shown. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County authorities said they've arrested a man and seized a van containing nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

County Sheriff's office said the marijuana has an estimated street value of about $500,000.

MCSO detectives assigned to the drug suppression task force saw a van weighted down with dozens of plastic wrapped bundles and set up surveillance on the vehicle Monday.

They followed 31-year-old Nunez Efrain to an address in Glendale, where he pulled the van into a garage and closed the door.

"[We found] boxes, bundle wrapping, saran wrap, heavy scales, which indicate this home was being used as a stash house," said Joaquin Enriquez with MCSO.

He was later seen driving from the residence and was pulled over.

Officers said they noted a strong odor of marijuana and discovered the van was carrying 39 individual bundles of plastic-wrapped marijuana bales.

Sheriff's officials said Efrain is being held on suspicion of multiple felony drug charges.

KTAR's Martha Maurer contributed to this report.

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