Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 4,500 pounds of marijuana worth about $2.25 million in two separate incidents Friday, officials said.

A Mexican man was arrested Friday after a canine team alerted agents from the Willcox Station working at the Arizona 90 checkpoint. During a secondary inspection, agents say they found found nearly 2,900 pounds of marijuana hidden in a semi-tractor trailer he was driving. The drug load had an estimated street value of about $1.45 million. It will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, while the driver faces possible prosecution, a news release said.

Also Friday, Ajo Station agents working near Pia Oik Village north of Menegers Dam found an abandoned GMC Yukon hidden in dense brush. Inside, agents say they found 86 bundles of marijuana weighing almost 1,600 pounds worth about $800,000. The Yukon and the pot were taken to Ajo Station for turnover to the DEA.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.